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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #70 of 11,649 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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90% Recommend
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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216 reviews 216 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Oradell, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I am not vegan so was a little worried.... Such a great meal. I went back the following week. I ordered the same both times, mushroom, veggie crepe and boy was it great!! Give it a try.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I didn't do my research and was surprised to find it was vegan only...that being said, it is very very good! There are creative and well balanced dishes...plenty to eat (portion sizes are great).The lemonade concoction I had was superb on a hot summer evening! A little more formal but not fussy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place is amazing. The environment is fantastic, service is awesome, and food is amazing. Definitely give this place a shot.

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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was delightfully surprised. We chose this as one of our party is a vegetarian. I am not and was prepared to be skeptical. Color me shocked. All the dishes were expertly prepared and full of interesting and delicious flavors. My Zucchini Blossoms stuffed with a veggie mousse and surrounded by a luscious salad was outstanding. My dessert of Berry... More

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