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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #81 of 11,584 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Upper East Side
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
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.
Description: 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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Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

4 of us visited Candle 79 while visiting New York. A great experience was had by all. The meal was very good and the service outstanding. For someone who has never eated vegetarian, I found the menu to offer enough choices to satisfy anyone. Our waitress was very engaging and very friendly. We had reservatiosn for 6pm and was glad... More

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited this restaurant last night for a celebratory meal with our son. The service was efficient and friendly from the moment we arrived. The menu has an extensive range of inventive and homemade vegan food/drinks -everything we ate was absolutely delicious.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I am not a vegan or a vegetarian and came here to celebrate the milestone birthday of a very dear friend, we were a group of 13(adults, teenagers, children). Because we were a large group we were sat upstairs in a private space and chose from a set menu where we had a selection of starters to share of various... More

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Park City, Utah
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74 reviews 74 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I are not vegan, but in recent years we have taken to eating and really appreciating more and more vegetarian meals. Our friend, who has recently become vegan, was clamoring to go to Candle 79, so we were happy to accommodate her. The atmosphere is very nice, and the service pleasant and knowledgable. The menu looked very... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Summary: Of all the restaurants I have reviewed, the reviews before me here on TripAdvisor are the most accurate. It's amazing when the crowd comes together on a place. Sum: great and unique food, creative menu, nice place. Review: What I liked: I liked the clean, calming atmosphere. The creative menu was one-of-a-kind. The food was one of those rare... More

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New York City, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

"UM" Not sure how I feel about this place. On one hand the food is differently prepared and not what you would make at home and therefore unique and worth the visit and price. On the other hand although the dishes are uniquely prepared , many are bland in taste. Having said that, this place is worth a try. It's... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I cannot express how much I love this place. Their seitan picatta is one of the best things I have ever eaten. The dumplings and nachos are also pretty fabulous. During our last visit we tried a kale salad, which was surprisingly amazing- you don't imagine a salad could be new but it was great. I highly recommend Candle 79... More

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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Wonderful food, reasonably priced, great feel in the restaurant, great staff. Neither of us are vegans and we both had a wonderful night. Great cocktails and juices too!

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Murrieta, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have to start off by saying I am neither vegan nor vegetarian. My husband is vegetarian, and a friend recommended this restaurant to us. It is a cute two story restaurant with great, cozy lighting and attentive service. The food was very good. I did miss cheese in my pasta, but it was tasty and well presented. My husband's... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I booked this place a month in advance of my trip to NY, so keen was I to try it, and it really didn't disappoint. The food is exquisite and inventive and the service was excellent. If I lived in New York this would be my go to restaurant for special occasions. My only complaint was that after finishing every... More

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