Candle 79

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$31 to $50
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Organic
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.
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SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

In spite of several conversations which were very welcoming they were not ready for our family celebration. When we arrived on time The staff was polite but unenthusiastic and they had to wait for permissions to provide enough chairs for our table. So we all stood around. Waiting for permission which eventually arrived. The room was dingy and air conditioning was not working. Food was very good except for desserts which were mediocre. $600 dinner was not worth the price. And it did not feel at all like a celebration environment. Good enough for diner type feeling dinner only

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Candle 79 and suffice it to say, we’ll definitely be back. The staff was extremely polite and attentive, the food was excellent (vey fresh and very well seasoned), and the music was perfect; loud enough to hear, yet soft enough to not disturb the mood.

TD
Amarillo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Candle!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every item from app to fantastic dessert! Highly recommend and will be back.

CO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The loveliest oasis in NYC! And the food is amazing.

JD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salads were good. The nut cheese was fine. I had the stuffed squash special it was excellent. The flat bread was good. Dessert cannoli was ok. The fresh juices were wonderful and a great alternative to alcohol. We will definitely return.

MG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite plant-based restaurants in NYC. Never disappoints.

NM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

becoming my neighborhood go to. love the food, the mood, the location.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously delicious food. Miraculous. Regardless of being vegan or not,the food is so good it challenges one’s cooking and eating notions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time bringing my date. He loved everything Thank yiu

P
Poconos
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is pretty good (all vegan), but very expensive for what it is.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared, healthy food with gluten-free options. A great discovery!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I wanted to visit this one for quite a while - and it did not disappoint! Great food, large portions ( had to take out half of the starter to have enough room for the main) and very friendly staff. Next time I am in the area, I would come back!

EC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had lunch here before going to the Metropolitan Museum. The food was very good - particularly the tomato-basil soup. Our waiter was great - very courteous and willing to answer all of our questions. We love the Met and often struggle to find someplace interesting to eat with a nice atmosphere. This fit the bill.

TR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 20th wedding anniversary. The food was amazing as usual. The watermelon salad was out of this world!!

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always enjoy this food even though I'm FAR FROM A VEGAN. Everything is so thought out and perfectly prepared. Delicious...

MK
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible what they can do with vegetarian fare. Everything was delicious.
Not our fistst visit and we will definitely be back.
The burrito was outstanding

A
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Every time I come to NYC I always have dinner at Candle 79 I have never been disappointed.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with great vegetarian options. Enjoyed our visit and really recommend it to everyone.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Food arrived quickly, staff were polite and attentive, and when I requested a particular spot, they readily accommodated.

L
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

My guest asked not to have anything with soy in it. We ordered a salad and asked to have the edemame removed. We were under the impression that the server understood as he confirmed having heard the order. Then what happens I thankfully noticed the edemame in thr salad and asked to have it removed. If I had not noticed my guest would have suffered. Our water was not refilled and we were not asked if our experience was going well whilst dining. A friendly fruit fly made it's way to our table, please keep an eye out for them.

s
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Waiter was great especially with allergy our concerns.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were served by a highly aggressive, impatient waiter. The food was okay, not more than that. I have eaten in many vegetarian restaurants. Most of them were much better.

SP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for our wedding anniversary. Absolutely a treat, great ambiance, food was fantastic and service was warm, friendly and accurate. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was amazing, but my boyfriend and I were on a romantic date and it was ruined after a group of 7 loud people were seated directly next to us. it ruined the whole vibe for us despite the fact that the food and the customer service was amazing. very upsetting to have our night disturbed like that.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!! Great ambiance!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Theres nothing bad to say about this place staff was friendly and the food was amazing

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful atmosphere, and truly delicious and innovative vegan fare. Loved it!

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This fine dining for a vegan dinner. The food was fantastic though a bit pricey. The restaurant itself
could use a bit refreshing but the food was so exceptional that the decor was not important. I have visited
vegan restaurants all over the world and this is my favorite!!!!

DT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We will go back on our next visit to NYC.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great vegan food. Very fast service. Unique drink menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents visiting from out of town.

NG
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner is vegan. I am a carnivore. We both found the food delicious and stisfying

AZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a vegan and absolutely LOVE this restaurant. Plan on coming back again and again.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my most favorite restaurants. It's so nice to have a fine dining experience that supports a more conscious, caring community while reducing our negative impact on the environment.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was quick and delicious and the staff very attentive. I love this restaurant for vegan food

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a food professional, I love dining at Candle 79. The food is delicious not to mention inventive and attractive. I always leave feeling satiated and well taken care of....with the added benefit of knowing I've eaten organic, good for my body vegetables I can't say this happens often, but I am always so happy to have dinner at Candle 79!

AF
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Front of the house was excellent. Ambience was nice and the menu is priced reasonably. The food is bland tho. Didn’t feel like there was anything I ate that was fantastic.

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only my third time dining here as I am from Houston, Texas. It was amazing as all of my other experiences have been.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing restaurant! Best vegan food I have ever had..probably best food I have ever had..Cant wait to go back there!

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