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Candle Cafe West

4.6
1251 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Organic
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  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
Candle Cafe West combines delicious, organic, vegan cuisine with gracious and knowledgeable service. Just as the sister restaurants, Candle Cafe and Candle 79, on the east side have done, Candle Cafe West lovingly crafts “food fresh from farm to table." They also offer an intimate organic wine and eco-cocktail bar. The Candle’s passion is to sustainably create scrumptious, vegan cuisine and an unforgettable dining experience. All of which will have the conscientious foodie coming back for more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00 pm
Dinner: Monday thru Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Brunch: Satuday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday Dinner - 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 769-8900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jorge Pineda & Angel Ramos
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Private party facilities
At Candle Cafe West, we offer on site party rooms for 10-110 guests. Whether it's a bridal shower, family reunion, birthday, rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering, meeting, cocktail party or wedding, Candle Cafe West would love to talk with you about your next special event!
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Private party contact
Gabriela Benecke: (212) 769-8900
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Catering
Party Platters are available as well as full service off-site event catering. Including eco-bar service and cocktail parties.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
89th street
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Parking details
Parking is available along the side streets. Please pay attention to the parking signs along these streets.



Nearby Parking lots include the following:



Parking Lot 700 is located just off of 86th street between S. Main street and Broadway. It has 21 spots and is open 24 hours Monday- Sunday. Maximum stay is 2 hours.



Lot 665 (87th and Grand) is open Monday- Friday 8am-6pm and is located on 87th street just off of S. Broadway.
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Public transit
Both 86 and 104 bus lines will stop along Broadway and 86th



The Subway 1 line stops on 86 and Broadway.
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Special events & promotions
Candle Cafe West will ONLY be offering a preset 4-course menu for this holiday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

A vegan option that won't leave you hungry.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1251 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was terrific and service was great! a very enjoyable evening and a great vegan place.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

very small veggie restaurant. food is ok. don't plan on comfortable seating for 5 people for dinner. pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Hands-down, this restaurant served the best food I tasted during my entire 5-day visit to NYC! I went twice for dinner. I loved it so much the first time, I went back as a treat for my last night in the city. There's an incredible variety of options, absolutely delicious dishes, gorgeous presentation of each dish, and friendly, efficient service from everybody you come in contact with (the hostess, the water boy, the wait staff, the bus boys). I highly recommend the grilled artichokes appetizer. One entree I ordered from the daily special menu was a baked tofu with asparagus, green peas, and mushrooms in some kind of creamy sauce, with a salad on top - amazing! The wine was also very good and reasonably priced, for NYC. Easy to get to by subway. Very comfortable and appropriate for a single woman dining alone.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

try the vegan pancakes. even non vegans were really impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I loved my birthday dinner here. Vegetarian entrees were interesting and artfully assembled. And desserts were incredible.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Always a winner! Great food and drink

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love coming to this restaurant. It is across the street from our apartment building. The setting is inviting, warm and friendly. We can hear each other speak, there are numerous healthy, creative, flavorful menu items and the portions are generous. The service is excellent and I like that the servers refill our water regularly. The price is reasonable as well. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything we ordered was delicious!!!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Slowest brunch I have ever had. Server was not attentive and tables who arrived after us were done before us. The food was okay, but the service was too unforgivable to return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Awesome vegan restaurant! Everything was delicious, service was wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Even if you are not vegan, you will love the food at Candle Cafe West. The two of us had three appetizers- nachos, seitan chimchurri and wheat balls. This was followed by seitan picatta and topped off by carrot cake and apple/cranberry live pie. Of course it was way too much food but we just couldn’t resist. We would order the same again if we weren’t so anxious to try everything else too. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My brothers birthday and although I am vegetarian, no one is vegan. It did not matter because the food was just wonderful. Prepared and presented so creatively and tasty that even a devoted Carnivore would enjoy.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Really good vegan food in a beautiful space with nice servers.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I'm a gluten free vegan with my gluten free vegetarian partner took a couple of omnivors for dinner. Would have given an even higher rating if not for the server who tried like hell to steer me away from the special fig sorbet for dessert. She said that it didn't taste very good and she didn't like it. I insisted on it, and it was wonderful, exactly what I had hoped it would be. All of us shared it. The server didn't have to have any. She probably didn't like figs. Who cares?

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food is outstanding! Great place vegan options. The service was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent place for a healthy, tasty meal. We are new vegans and everything on the menu is plant based so it made deciding what to eat very easy. We have been there twice for brunch. The second time being our anniversary. We will definitely look forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Delicious, nutritious and inventive vegan cuisine in a lovely setting. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding food - even for this carnivore. Added bonus that they have a great collection or organic whiskey. My vegetarian wife and my date night place of choice.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great spot for vegetarians where they can order anything on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very delicious. Thank you for the good service. Only thing is parking is not easy.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious. I had the Nuevos Rancheros. They were so good, I got another order to go. I added spinach and broccoli to the order which made it even better. The ginger cleanse was also great. My husband had the pancakes AND the beyond burger. I think we thoroughly over did it but it was a great experience. Our friends got the burrito and the waffles. Also very tasty. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Our server, Christopher was awesome!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing dishes, great ambience

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Mediocre and uninspired

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great!
Good food, interesting choices, great service!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love Candle West because we have a diverse set of dietary restrictions and the menu can meet them. Gluten free soy free and Vegan. And not just accommodate our needs, the dishes are delicious and the presentation pleasing. It’s our go to place for our group Birthday celebrations and we know the staff will be patient and understanding about our many questions about ingredients. We had a delightful Aquarian Birthday lunch, and look forward to many more visits.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Best vegan food experience I’ve ever had in NYC. Simply delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have eaten at Candle Cafe West many times, although I probably haven't been there in about a year. The menu was basically the same, although I would have to say that prices went up and portion size went down. The presentation was still lovely and our server was attentive and knowledgeable.
The cocktail prices have gone up and now rival those of their sister restaurant Candle 79. At an average of $16 per, I would think they would not water down, but it seems like they do. My Autumn Mule was delicious but there was so much ice, and not so much alcohol.
I chose the tried and true Seitan Piccata, which was not as good as usual. Mash was rather watery, not too much spinach was on the plate and the two small, thin pieces of seitan were a bit chewy. Seasoning was nice, however.
One of my friends had the spaghetti and wheatballs and those were hard as a rock. The two others I was with had the seitan cheeseburger and they seemed to enjoy that.
We had a few desserts, all very rich and satisfying.
I love CCW and it made me sad that it wasn't as wonderful as it usually is. There are so few excellent vegan restaurants that are not super casual, so this place was always very special.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

First , I am not a vegan , secondly as a non vegan the vegan food at Thai restaurant was fantastic. Not sure if I would ever concert to bring a vegan however , it doesn't mean I can't say vegan food from time to time . great food , great service .

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The menu is pretty standard. The food is high quality as always and Melvin is a great server. I don’t trek up to UWS often, but when I do, it’s for CCW and I’m never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Good vegan food. Good service. A little over priced.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Wonderful brunch - delicious and plentiful portions. Will be returning...

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Delicious vegan food. Our server recommended the brownie for desert...it was ymmy!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Lovely! Food was terrific

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

They failed to inform me on website when I booked that there was a pre-fix menu for $75 for Valentine's Day. They called me 2 days before and I was out of luck re-booking at another restaurant. Disappointed in this, although food is good.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was fine, but too expensive for what it was. My biggest complaint was how often we were told we had a "deadline" to leave the restaurant. When they called to confirm my reservation, they asked how much time I thought I would need for my meal, stating they had booked another reservation for the table 90 minutes after mine. Frankly, that's not my problem. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told by both the hostess and the waiter that we needed to be finished by the deadline. I'm not a person who languishes at a table for hours while not ordering and I don't appreciate being rushed out the door. I would never visit this place again, especially not for a special occassion when we wanted to enjoy wine and conversation and, you know, a reasonable amount of time to complete a 4-course meal.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went here for Valentine’s Day. For the price, I have had tremendously better Vegan food. Perhaps since it was a busy night, things did not go well but for 200+ dollar dinner I expect the food to at least be more than just OK.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I was extremely disappointed with the 'price-fixed' meal on Valentine's day that had a 'chopped salad' on the menu which was nothing but some lettuce interspersed with slices of red pepper with a no taste dressing....and it wasn't chopped. The fettuccine was also bland and tasteless surrounded by some vegetables. A thoroughly forgettable meal that was accompanied by a hefty, inappropriate bill.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Amazing beyond burger! My meat eater boyfriend loved it too! Great server, and two big entrees plus a bottle of wine was $100 WITH TIP!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Expensive for what it is.
Food was just ok.
Could improve on more natural and organic options.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Very nice restaurant with a great ambience. Catching up with a friend and it is nice when you can have a conversation. The food was excellent and so was the smoothie I had. Friendly staff. Definitely will be back.

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