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About Candle 79

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.

154 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan

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

Cross Street:
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 537-7179

Website:
http://candle79.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Angel Ramos

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

Candle 79 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (118)
Good Vegetarian Options (95)
Healthy (79)
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Organic (76)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Special Occasion (44)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Gluten Free Options (40)
Good for a Date (40)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Romantic (39)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Cozy (33)
Authentic (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Casual (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
Local Ingredients (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Seasonal (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
People Watching (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

Love Chef Jorge's creations always

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Went for dinner on a snowy day. First time that the server didn't tell us about the specials - we have been there several times before so ordered appetizers right away, but she never offered us the specials which was a little odd. Nevertheless, the food we ordered was spectacular as usual and we enjoyed every bite. The cheese plate was fabulous and the chocolate chip ice cream sandwich is the best dessert we've had there and we've tried quite a few. The soy latte and Tea with dessert were perfectly done as well. This is pretty much my favorite vegan restaurant in New York and will definitely be back. I would recommend that the light level upstairs be turned up a notch. The menu was pretty hard to read for the patrons as well as the servers :)

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

Went out on a date on Saturday night and the experience was absolutely perfect. The waitress was funny and knowledgable. Everything was brought out promptly and bused quickly as well. We sat upstairs and really enjoyed the view of the snow falling out the window. Would recommend to all my friends, not just vegans!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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·Dined 3 days ago

Each time I visit from San Francisco I meet friends at this restaurant, excellent. I would go there even if they only served the ravioli.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We received a very warm welcome and had a very pleasant stay

Tags: Disabled Access, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

Went for my birthday. Was super excited because I have heard so much about Candle 79. The food was bland and flavorless. My husband ended up getting really bad stomach pains about 10 minutes after we ate. We definitely wont be back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We already left a “thank you”note with our bill before we left... but here’s another one!
It is our third time dining at Candle 79 and every time we had a major event to celebrate (:
It’s always good! But this time something was different. Service was on point, all across the board! Glasses were filled at half full, dirty cutlery was removed from the table immediately after every last bite, there was always a presence of staff member to answer any needs and the server made great recommendations for wine pairing.
The food was excellent and fresh. Taste balance complimented the 2013 Binyamina Cab (which is one of my favorite Israeli boutique wines, second only to the 2013 Eliad by Chateau Golan).

Overall... WOW!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Organic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good and tasty except steamed dumplings. Overall a good experience and even the coconut crush smoothie was refreshing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Pasta bland and lacked veggies. Seaweed salad excellent but skimpy in portions for price. Menu limited for lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Very crestive and tasty vegetarian cooking. The menu features many unique dishes.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is so tasty here. It makes up for the slow service. Just plan a little extra time ;) I recommend it 100% for the food and drinks alone.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

First off our waitress was awesome, friendly knew the menu and was super helpful with our choices. The apps we ordered were great, the salad fresh and amazing, the entrees were where it disappointed. The portobello mushroom steak was bland at best we told the server and we did not eat it, she said that was the second time she had heard that, but she left it on the table and still charged us for it, 28 dollars down the sink. But go there for the apps, salads and the other entree’s and it is a win! Just don’ do the mushroom steak

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Upstairs area was too hot. Need to control heat better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

i really liked but the waitress gave me the check and i didnt asked for, like: leave!.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vegan, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We shared the mezzo platter which was a perfect appetizer for two. We each had the Moroccan spiced chickpea cake which was excellent. I highly recommend both these dishes. We always enjoy the food here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Casual, Vegan, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Got the double cheese mushroom burger. It was made with a tapioca cheese and absolutely amazing. This restaurant boasts some of the freshest and homemade ingredients and is vegan only.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great meal at great table that I assume was due to having a reservation. Nice to have a gourmet vegan restaurant when visiting NYC.

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My go to for fresh, organic food when in New York. Had the cauliflower risotto and was made and eaten to perfection.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was not very good. Burger was mushy and bread crumb crusted cauliflower was deep fried. It was so heavy. I tried to order a meal bc I only got an appetizer and was still deciding but he brought everything out at once so I cancelled my meal bc it would have come our way after we were done. Glad I did since the food was not good. Even a bartender made comments when i was looking for they waiter who disappeared. I wouldn’t recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service as always! My "go to" place for great food, for both vegans and non-vegans!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Superb food - from the Manhattan Fig cocktail, to the cannoli dessert. Enjoyed our waiter, she was friendly and attentive. Wonderful experience overall. Will be back!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The vegetarian in our party was delighted with the menu. The staff was friendly, efficient and welcoming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Organic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Enjoyed eating here. Expensive but the food was very tasty and staff friendly. Had a special with garlic potatoes and vegetable gravy that I wished I could have by the very large bowl full. They even brought my daughter a special desert with candle for her birthday.
And my carnivorous husband even liked his!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was excellent. Service just ok

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

We came for my wife’s birthday as we were in town from Toronto. The food was phenomenal, service was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for more!

Tags: Cozy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Hadn't been in years and was pleasantly surprised to see how lively this place was on a Sunday evening. The food is so good and the options so interesting, it was hard to decide. I remembered they had awesome desserts and this return visit confirmed that. Check it out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always great food and time spent while in NYC at Candles 79

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This past weekend my husband and I invited a senior citizen friend who was in NYC to dinner there to celebrate a milestone. Our reservation was for 5pm. After driving 2+ hours from Pennsylvania, we picked up our friends and arrived at the restaurant at 4:30pm to have a drink at the bar. Despite the fact that there were patrons at several tables finishing a meal, we were told that the restaurant was closed and we had to leave. Even after I told the bartender we had just driven in from out of town and had a 5pm reservation, she still wouldn't even let us sit at the bar or wait inside. She was not nice or apologetic about it either.

It was too cold to stand on the sidewalk for half an hour, so we had to walk around the corner to find a place to wait inside from the cold. We bought a water and waited at a pizza place.

When we returned to the restaurant at 5pm, we held the door open for patrons we'd seen earlier who were only just leaving the restaurant. Apparently they could stay in the "closed" restaurant, but we could not. This, sadly, but not surprisingly, made a very bad impression on our friend. They also lost out on our cocktail drinks purchase. I believe this is a policy that the management needs to seriously reconsider or make it very clear to people with a 5pm reservation that they will not be allowed in the restaurant before then.

The food was good, as we'd remembered from previous visits, but the way were we (not) welcomed in the restaurant, put a bad taste in our mouths for the evening. I am certain our friends will never return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was bland. Have eaten at their sister restaurant and it was much better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Terrible food— vegan food gets bad when you try to imitate dairy and meat stuff. Stick to authentic vegan ingredients. The food just tasted bad— and that is true of each of the 7 dishes we ordered.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Such an interesting vegan menu it was hard to know what to order. I loved the BBQ Seitan Skewers.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fantastic to find a fully vegan restaurant like this but felt the food lacked imagination. Tofu tasted unflavoured and most dishes were quite two dimensional. Food was nice, but don't think the prices justify it. Service fantastic but ambience a bit stuffy (and lots of Fleetwood Mac played (I love Fleetwood Mac but more suited to roadtrips with my dad))

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing food, I strongly recommend this place if you’re looking for great, comforting vegan food! A bit pricey but DEFINITELY worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Best vegetarian food in NYC. Creative combinations, delicious, beautifully presented. For the quality prices are great!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was the first time I sat downstairs. It was nice to see a different room. Food is always good and servers are always very friendly.

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Another amazing meal at Candle 79! The only thing that I didn't absolutely love was the cocktail but that's my fault for not reading all of the ingredients. Our server Tia was fantastic.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Organic, People Watching, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I loved the brunch at Candle 79. Excellent heuvos rancheros. So were the sugared waffles. The smoothies were really good too. A must try!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not the cliche vegan spot! Unique dishes! Great ambiance. Can dress up or down. Loved it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food amazing service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Candle 79 was such a treat after a long day of travel. The food was exceptional as was the service. Our waitress had amazing recommendations and they had an extensive gluten free menu. We will be returning.

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