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Candle 79

4.6
3806 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Organic
Perfect For:
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
Candle 79 combines delicious organic vegan cuisine with gracious, knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space. Lovingly crafted food fresh "from local farm to table." Intimate organic wine and eco-liquor cocktail bar. Favorite of East Side regulars and celebrities like Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, and Alicia Silverstone. The only vegan restaurant ever reviewed by former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, who wrote "Candle 79 showed me the light!"
We offer an extensive Gluten Free Menu.
Brunch available Saturday and Sunday.
Take-out & catering available, no delivery.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 537-7179
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Angel Ramos
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Catering
Delicious organic vegan catering for intimate at-home dinner parties, corporate events, weddings, and lavish galas. Recent events include Paul McCartney's private New York concert, David Steinberg's book signing, Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps fundraiser for 1000 guests, fundraisers in Peter Max's Art Studio, and a wedding shower at Norma Kamali's showroom. Regular caterer for PETA and Farm Sanctuary's yearly Galas.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
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Public transit
6 Train to 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, #79 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street, and #101 & #102 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street or 3rd Avenue and 79th Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3806 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The menu was so creative, the food was very well presented and the blend of flavors was amazing! I had a cocktail "Rosemary's Garden" that was so yummy. Anyone who likes a subtle not too sweet/bitter drink with dinner - I highly recommend. There were so many dishes I still wanted to try, but there was only two of us and we were full. We will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Strictly vegan. Fabulous food. Prices moderate. Great vibe

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great table booth on ground level . Waiter very helpful. Had special pasta
Recommend you also offer sweet potato lasagne (dish at East side Candle)!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The staff were attentive. The food was delicious. We ordered the special and polenta chips. The dessets were really yummy. Would reccommed it as a high end vegan resturant

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Went for a birthday dinner and shared apps. Great options and everything was delicious! Absolutely exquisite food, whether you’re a vegan or not! Attentive wait staff and nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Hostess provided a window table. Thank you. Great change of pace and excellent wine and dinner selection and service.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a great time. The atmosphere was perfect as was the food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A veg gem. I go whenever I visit NYC and the Upper East Side. Excellent food, generous portions, no-nonsense service. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food, fantastic service and pleasant atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We enjoyed our meals at Candle 79! We eat a whole food plant based diet so it is very hard to find a restaurant that is really creative on this front. The chefs are very creative and there are many delicious entrees to choose from. Even if you are a meat-eater you will not miss the meat here. Grilled artichokes were delicious as was the Seitan Picatta! We arrived early and had a nice drink at the bar...great bar menu too.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We went here before a show and it was an amazing experience. The service was great and the meal was perfect! Will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was okay disliked the service. Wheat balls were good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

There’s nothing negative to say about my experience. The food was delicious. The ambiance was lively and great. Busy, which is a great sign.
Perfect vegan option. I will return!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Candle 79 never disappoints. Vegan cuisine that is a treat for ALL, including devoted meat eaters. Creative and delicious. And the wait staff are the perfect balance of informal yet professional.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lovely restaurant! We had a great evening and the food and service was top class.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Loved the Market option!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I had heard such wonderful things about the vegan food at this restaurant. However, for me, it lacked bold tastes. I can make much more flavorful things at home. We also felt that the bill was too high given our feelings about the food.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Spectacular service by Jenny. Food was delectable. Filling since it is largely carbohydrate and gluten based (if you chose setan or tempeh). Loved the morroxan chick pea cake!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great experience, food was great and would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Unique menu with varied options. It was difficult to pick a few. Every thing we ordered did taste and look very good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Candle 79 consistently offers creative vegan cuisine that offers a wonderful selection of dishes that appeal to everyone. We especially loved the morel ravioli.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great vegetarian food even for non vegetarians! Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Delicious food. The booths upstairs make for quiet, cosy dining.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We came from California and we absolutely enjoyed every morsel. We had the onion rings, Caesar salad, crepe , and spaghetti and wheat balls ! It was beyond delish! The waitress was not overly friendly but the food made up for it!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came here for Sunday brunch and had a nice meal. The food was good as always, and my boyfriend (who is not vegan) enjoyed his food too. I had the Waffle with a side of tofu scramble, and he had the seitan burrito. We had the brownie sundae as well. It was all tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a lovely Easter lunch. The table was lovely and we loved being able to make reservations. Food was fantastic and it was the perfect place for my daughter who was vegan. Thanks!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I would return for food only. Staff was not friendly at all. people who have a poor view on vegans
would be able to confirm that feeling by the superiority complex in there. my daughter and i did not look the part because we were dressed up even though we are Vegan...judgement was heavy that day. still i will return to have so many options...NY needs more vegan options :(

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent quality.very good choice . Imaginative mix of flavours

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Among the very best vegetarian restaurants I have ever visited. Wanted to taste everything on the menu:-) A bit on the pricey side - but well worth it. We will be back. Service friendly, help-some, efficient and quick.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The best totally vegan restaurant! It was wonderful to know that everything was safe for us and we didn’t have to ask any annoying questions. My daughter, who has an enzymatic deficiency has always had to order very simply and ask lots of questions when eating out. It was wonderful to know what was being served. Waitress and waiters were friendly and attentive. We even had dessert:) and wine! Yummy night out!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We ensure a visit to Candle 79 on each trip to NYC. We have visited other vegan restaurants in the City; however, Candle 79 is at the top of our list for repeat visits. This restaurant has never disappointed with its creativity in preparing a full menu of vegan options that are delicious and visually attractive.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I had the mushroom risotto with a side of tempeh. It was incredible. I wish I lived in nyc so I could eat here at least once a week! Service was great too!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Fabulous as always. I love how the staff is educated and knowledgeable about their menu.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It would be a crime to say merely that Candle 79 is, hands down, the best Vegan restaurant in NYC (which, in my opinion, it is). Candle 79 is one of the best restaurants in NYC, PERIOD. The food is delicious and creative; you won't believe you're eating Vegan. And the staff is just great - everyone! If you haven't been to Candle 79, you're missing out. If all Vegan food were this good (and I could learn how to prepare it), I would go Vegan tomorrow with no regrets whatsoever. Coming from this foodie and lifelong carnivore, that is the highest praise I can give.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Loved the live cheese plate and my main course. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is the second time in less than a month that we have eaten dinner here! amazing food, service and atmosphere! Will return again and again! Staff is perfection!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was delicious. Service was friendly, attentive and efficient. Overall, good value for the price.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Third time - always superb food and service! Only downside I have noticed is that the Restaurant can be too warm.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food is really incomparable. The only fine dining vegan restaurant in midtown NYC, Candle 79 has an excellent menu even for those who don’t eat a plant based diet. Their wine selection is large and varied and the services is great. Had a great time.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food and great service!

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