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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

4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (109)
Good Vegetarian Options (90)
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Organic (65)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Good for a Date (44)
Romantic (44)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Special Occasion (42)
Gluten Free Options (38)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Cozy (34)
Authentic (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Local Ingredients (27)
Casual (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Great for Brunch (14)
Business Meals (14)
Seasonal (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent. Service just ok

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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Every time I come to the city, I must stop here for at least 1 meal. This is my favorite restaurant anywhere. As a Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Candle 79 is the only restaurant that I've found in which I can eat an appetizer, an entrée, and a desert. I've taken several carnivores with me over the past couple of years and not one complaint from the lot of them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Healthy, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Appalling from start to finish. We were seated at the coldest point of the restaurant, ignored for fairly sizable chunks of time and charged a significant amount of money for frankly tasteless over and under cooked food. Will not return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The whole experience was delightful from start to finish. The food, service, and ambiance were all spectacular. This is by far the best vegan fine-dining restaurant I've visited, and I can't wait to return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to Candle 79 for our wedding anniversary and we couldn't be happier! The food was excellent. The service was really good and we loved the experience!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I'm both vegan and gluten free, which is quite a challenge when dining out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Candle 79 has a gluten free menu. The menu is inventive and the sauces and vegan cheese is to die for. It's a gourmet experience for vegans. Love it!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Appetizers were amazing! Especially the guacamole timbale and the raviolis. I feel that the appetizers topped the entrees. However, our entrees were still very good. Our waiter wasn't very attentive and left us waiting a few times, instead of checking back in every so often we had to holler at other waiters passing by to grab him.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Candle continues to maintain its quality. The food and service are excellent as is the ambience.

I would visit this place again - and highly recommend it.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been to candle 69 quite a few times and we usually love it.
I wasn’t terribly impressed this time firstly because despite them knowing we had a dog with us they seated us in a tiny table in the middle, which was totally impractical, luckily another table became free and we asked to be moved, which was ok. Secondly I had booked on opentable using a 10$ reward and the reward was not applied to our bill and we were told that one can’t redeem rewards there.

Tags: Organic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome food & service!
Definitely try the empanadas, wild mushroom crepe and Mexican chocolate brownie!

Tags: Good for Groups, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic! I've been wanting to try Candle 79 for years. I'll be back next time I am in NYC!

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Vegan
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have heard great things about this restaurant and picked it for the variety of dishes. My chickpea cake with veggies was burned, mushy and super dry. I asked for more sauce to help spruce it up a bit. Took them more than 10 min to bring me some. By then everything is as cold. Both the sauce and chutney were delicious. The wait staff initially offered to bring me another since the bottom was burned. I declined. No apology no nothing. My friend loved her Seitan special. I thought the everything was WAY overpriced for what you get. I won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing and delicious. Went there for my husband's 50th. He and I are vegan and he is celiac. They had an entire menu for gluten free ! My meat eater cousins from amsterdam went with us and they were amazed, satisfied and they recommended we return on our last night in New York. Thank you so much for everything!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I took my girlfriend here for our four year anniversary and it was wonderful. The staff were incredible and catered for every request I made, e.g received and presented flowers and brought champagne to the table when we were seated.

The food was excellent and we were taken care of and spoilt the whole night. Thank you to everyone at Candle 79 for a memorable evening!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Tables in front a bit tight
But good food, service and low noise level make it worthwhile

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Candle 79 is our favorite romantic Vegan dinner spot. We love the food, the service, the wine list, the desserts. I highly recommend Candle 79

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

So nice. Amazing food. Brought us some ice cream for our anniversary

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was very good. Staff were attentive, and hospitable. I believe the owner, or at least a very inquisitive and sympathetic fellow diner, came up to us to ask how we found the food. She also took care of the table next us, who had a diner with dietary preferences even more restrictive than vegan. Little over-priced for what you're getting, but then again supply is low so price is high.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

THis place never disappoints! From start to finish the cocktails are delicious, the food is incredible, and the service was wonderful! I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone! Vegans and carnivores!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was not too attentive to our needs. She seemed to be focused on her own needs! She did not check on our cocktail reorders, she did not check on our meals after they arrived and she did not ask us about dessert. Thankfully, her support staff took care of us so we did not go without for too long. The booth we were seated at was very small (we are tall so we struggled with the limited space). The food was amazing! Wonderful creations and made with such freshness! We will be back!

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food, great service, and great ambiance. This is my go to vegan place when I go to NYC, and never disappoints!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Personable service The manager was warm and truly cared about our experience

Tags: Organic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Perfect dining for vegans. Nice variety of dishes.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was extremely delicious, the staff was more than hospitable, and the ambiance was very romantic. This is a perfect date spot for birthdays or anniversaries. The vegan selection was so refreshing for multiple options, and I will definitely be back again!

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always great!

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