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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

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (109)
Good Vegetarian Options (90)
Healthy (76)
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Organic (74)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Romantic (43)
Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Cozy (41)
Special Occasion (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Gluten Free Options (38)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Authentic (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Casual (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fun (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Great for Brunch (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Was really impressed with the food!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitperson was delightful, the food was brought relatively quickly and was very tasty. Tables are at close quarters but, hey! It's Manhattan!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely. It was a first time visit to New York for my boyfriend and I. We wanted to do something special and everything about this place was top notch. We will be going back the next time we are in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

the best vegan restaurant imaginable! superb food. professional staff. nice setting quiet reasonable prices. fantastic food and drinks menus. a true gem!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I'm not a vegan, but my daughter is and my wife has dairy allergies so this is a good choice for us. The food is gourmet quality, very inventive, delicious and satisfying! We always have a great meal at any of the Candle restaurants.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Absolutely excellent service and the food was pure bella! Through and through an excellent to place to eat with just the right amount of everything

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a excellent vegan meal with friendly service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Dinner was exceptional! The menu diverse and the service was wonderful! Having recently changed to a plant based diet I am noticing - there aren't a lot of options. Finding Candle 79 was like finding a Gem.
I took my Husband for his Birthday and dinner was absolutely wonderful and exceeding our expectations.
We will be back!
A. Rice

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was excellent. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great meal for out of town vegetarians. Loved it. Wish we lived closer than a 7 hour drive!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A great vegan restaurant with many options from which to choose.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Delicious food, presentation could be better. Lovely service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Special beyond Meat burger was very tasty!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Many healthy choices and high quality and flavor

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Healthy
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 (London)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very good choice for vegans

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was heavy and dated
Felt like a time warp into the 70's

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

V good food. A bit yuppie for my tastes but overall a v good experience

Tags: Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We picked a restaurant fairly near the Metropolitan Museum so we could have lunch after our visit there. The reviews were generally good so we were surprised to find a rather dismal atmosphere with such unappetizing looking food. Part of the meze plate was quite good despite its appearance, but the salad of the day was a jumble of vegetables and grain that did not taste much better than it looked. A glass of wine made lunch nearly bearable. Unless one is a die-hard vegan who is familiar with this type of food, my advice would be to find one of the many nearby tasty restaurants in this part of the upper east side.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

I’ve been here several times but this last visit was really disappointing. I was catching up with a dear friend for dinner. We both felt rushed through our dinner . .. as if they were ready to seat another party almost immediately. We were only there for 1.5 hours max! The staff was attentive but towards the last 20 minutes when we were paying our bill, the staff seemed annoyed that we stayed a few minutes more to finish our drinks and conversation. Finding gourmet vegan friendly restaurants is difficult so we often choose this location to meet. However we will find another restaurant next time.

Tags: Vegan
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Restaurant is very allergy friendly and allergy aware. Since they are vegan, all dishes are free of dairy, eggs, fish and shellfish. Makes it easier for people with multiple food allergies.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

I think it is overpriced.
I’ve had much better vegan food at better prices

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Amazing meal! My daughter and I sat at the bar for drinks and dinner. I ordered a spicy margarita which was made with added jalapeno infused tequila, orange liquor, carrot and lime juice and agave which was outrageous! The bartender was so nice and gave me the recipe :) We got free tasting samples of food from the kitchen, then ordered the mushroom ravioli appetizer, and the seitan main course that tasted like chicken marsala. Dessert was an absolutely delicious ice cream cookie sandwich with chocolate syrup. YUMMMMMM. We will be back!!!

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We love Candle 79, and this last visit was no exception. There was only one problem: a crying baby was situated right next to our table, and his mother was waiting to be seated. She did not remove herself and her child, and after about 15 minutes of listening to the wailing, we politely asked her to do so. The hostess was not supportive, although the other patrons approached us to thank us. We love kids, and we've been there--but it is inappropriate for the hostess not to make an accommodation or suggestion to the offending patron, and to allow her to disrupt the meals of the others. Otherwise, great meal, great service, great ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Vegan, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food. Good variety of items on the menu, but not overwhelming.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I needed plant based food for dinner and this was in my neighborhood and I am SO HAPPY I found it! It was amazing and creative and I will definitely be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very similar food selection to Cafe Gratitude for the West Coasters visiting New York.
The restaurant is vegan, but offers a wide selection of options from delicious Belgian waffles to pastas and salads.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

One of my favorite "neighborhood" restaurants in the city and a go-to whenever we have unexpected guests in town. Friendly service. Nice environment and something on the menu for virtually everyone, except for hard-core carnivores.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Casual, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Best vegetarian restaurant I have even been to . Service was stellar and everything was just Perfect

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Healthy, Vegan, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

As a non-vegan, I've never been disappointed in anything that I've ordered here. Our last visit was no exception. The quality of the food offerings was exceptional.

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Although very busy on a beautiful January Saturday night, the wait staff was attentive and the food was wonderful. Could not have been a better experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Four of us dined and all our meals were fantastic, including appetizers and the surprise sushi from the chef. We were going pre-show so we actually had limited time and the food came surprisingly fast for how unique it all was. My first visit was over five years ago and it was a treat to share with friends.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

excellent, excellent high-quality food!!! My wife and I were impressed. everything was very fresh and aromatic. The chef did an amazing job with the menu.

we liked it so much, we got the cook book.

highly recommend it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Organic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Came here with my girlfriend for my birthday and loved it!!

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vegan, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Overall EXCELLENT experience! Food was phenomenal. Excellent selection of both creative food and drinks. Special juice menu! Ginger Ale is a MUST TRY!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

As a vegetarian, it's always a delight to go somewhere where I can eat anything on the menu. I ordered the cauliflower wild mushroom risotto and my friend got the mushroom crepe- both were incredibly satisfying and perfectly portioned where we were full but didn't feel heavy.

I love finding places that I can bring non-vegetarians where they walk out and admit that they didn't even miss having meat with their meal. I will definitely be returning to try out more of the menu!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Our family went here for lunch and the food was amazing! I would would be a regular if we lived in NYC.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

It was really really nice, great vegetarian and vegan food with glutenfree options !!!
Would highly recommend this restaurant because of the high Quality of food 👍👌 would love to buy their book !!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Thank you for a Vegan experience that my non Vegan family also enjoyed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This spot near central park is our favorite spot in upper east side. Their food is vegan, but super tasty. The service is great as well.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Just a great experience overall. Food and atmosphere was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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