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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #69 of 11,658 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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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
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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New York City, New York
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147 reviews 147 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I had wanted to try Candle 79 for a while; an upscale restaurant serving only vegan food is still unique. The food was delicious - I'm not vegan, but I didn't find that anything was missing in terms of my enjoyment of the food. However, I was really surprised at the service. It took a long time to even get... More

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Tolland, Connecticut, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited for sunday lunch with a group of 5. We had booked for 1.15, but when we got these early the table was all ready for us and we were made very welcome. The food was great - fresh and well prepared. The atmosphere was casual, and not formal which suited us. A bit pricey, but probably not out... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This would be my first upscale vegan restaurant, and I can't say I was disappointed. I was impressed with the decor, and the service was great as well. I opted for the raw, stuffed zucchini blossoms, which was quite good, and my boyfriend had the Angel Nachos and the chickpea cake. I sampled both--again, very good. For dessert, we had... More

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Washington, DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I only review restaurants that are really spectacular or really awful. I love this place and I am not a vegan/vegetarian. Even my boyfriend, a committed carnivore, really likes it. Everything on the menu is just great but try to stretch beyond tofu or plan quinoa dishes if you are new at vegan dining. Taking a risk on something like... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent, creative, healthy, gluten if, if desired food. I consider this restaurant a great find for lunch or dinner. Lovely atmosphere.

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Bronx, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I am not a vegan but do enjoy going to for vegan food. I always wanted to come here and never had the opportunity until now. A few of us came for brunch and everything on the menu looked delicious. They give you free mini blueberry muffins which were amazing, so delicious and did not taste vegan at all. We... More

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Boston, MA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My brother is a vegan.. And it's a pain. I always feel bad going out to dinner with him as I devour a juicy steak and he gives me dirty looks regarding what I did to the poor animal. So during our vacation in NYC I decided to spoil him and suffer quietly as we go to a vegan restaurant.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Went here on a whim without a booking and was luckily accomodated after 20 mins. Service was impeccable as would be expected of such a place. Was a little while ago I went but remember the food having very good quality ingredients cooked and presented well. The main was a slight letdpwwn on flavour compared to the very good starter.... More

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College Station, Texas
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221 reviews 221 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is not my first time at Candle 79 and I regret not having made an additional reservation for this short NYC trip. The food was excellent: The Seitan skewers were delicious, so was the raw stuffed zucchini blossom with salad. Desserts were excellent, except maybe for the cannoli. A little too much chocolate. Of course all topped off with... More

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Toronto, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited Candle 79 for lunch - we made a reservation, so didn't have to wait to be seated. Note: if you want a table by the window, you have to specifically request it when you make your reservation. The food was very good and well-presented. We started off with the fried seitan dumplings, which were served in an interesting... More

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