Food was terrific and service was great! a very enjoyable evening and a great vegan place.
very small veggie restaurant. food is ok. don't plan on comfortable seating for 5 people for dinner. pricey.
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.
try the vegan pancakes. even non vegans were really impressed.
I loved my birthday dinner here. Vegetarian entrees were interesting and artfully assembled. And desserts were incredible.
Always a winner! Great food and drink
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.
Everything we ordered was delicious!!!
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.
Awesome vegan restaurant! Everything was delicious, service was wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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!
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.
Really good vegan food in a beautiful space with nice servers.
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?
Food is outstanding! Great place vegan options. The service was also excellent.
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.
Delicious, nutritious and inventive vegan cuisine in a lovely setting. Highly recommend!
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.
Great spot for vegetarians where they can order anything on the menu.
Very delicious. Thank you for the good service. Only thing is parking is not easy.
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!!!
Amazing dishes, great ambience
Mediocre and uninspired
Good food, interesting choices, great service!
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.
Best vegan food experience I’ve ever had in NYC. Simply delicious!
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.
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 .
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.
Good vegan food. Good service. A little over priced.
Wonderful brunch - delicious and plentiful portions. Will be returning...
Delicious vegan food. Our server recommended the brownie for desert...it was ymmy!
Lovely! Food was terrific
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Expensive for what it is.
Food was just ok.
Could improve on more natural and organic options.
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.