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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #74 of 11,622 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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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89% Recommend
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Paris, France
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I was surprised by the amount of proposed dishes, a real delight for vegetarians/vegans. The burrito was outstanding! As well as the home made juices.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is my husband's favorite vegan restaurant. The food here is exceptional and the dining experience is always amazing. You simply can't go wrong here. Perhaps my only criticism this time was the our waiter seemed very rushed and was not quite as attentive as he could have been.

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South Euclid, Ohio
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great restaurant for those special gatherings where you can get excellent vegan food. Service is consistently kind and attentive. Food was amazing, so nice to go out and have a menu that is totally vegan. No need to figure out what foods you can eat or adapt so you can eat.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I used to love this restaurant. Whenever I was in NYC I would turn down any plans that would keep me from eating here. Unfortunately, my experience recently was disappointing. The Caesar salad was uninspired (tasteless lettuce with chunks of seitan), the stuffed avocado was so boring I stopped after one bite, and my all time favorite Seitan Picata just... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Lots of plant-based (vegan) choices in NY but the grilled kale salad with tempeh I had at Candle 79 (grilled kale, string beans, beluga lentils, red onions, kabocha squash, avocado, sunflower seeds, spelt berries, chive dressing) was amazing!!! The best meal I had during my week in NYC.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There are not enough superlatives in the english language to adequately describe the depth and breadth of the culinary genius demonstrated daily at this superb restaurant. I cannot count the number of times I have dined at Candle 79 over the past two years and I have yet to walk away less than in awe at the imaginative and diverse... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Having read the reviews we were very excited to go to Candle 79 as we have been to Candle Cafe in the past. We booked on Open Table for a 3.15 table. At 3.10 as I was waiting for my husband to arrive a very officious waitress came over and declared we had to order by 3.15 as the kitchen... More

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San Francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We really enjoyed our lunch. The food is "real" food - and the portions were generous. We didn't have room for dessert, but that menu looked delicious too!

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