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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #49 of 11,372 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I dined here recently for my birthday with my boyfriend and family. This was my 2nd time visiting Candle 79 (I wrote a review when I came here with my vegan sister too). I decided to come here for my birthday dinner, and the food and service did not disappoint (which I knew it wouldn't). I made reservations in advance... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wonderful selection of vegan options. Ev erything was incredibly delicious. You must try to cornmeal poppers to start. The service was outstanding, too. And, some of the seating is a little too cozy for my comfort but we were fortunate to get a table that was a bit more set apart. The ambience was nicer than I had envisioned. All... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Last night 3 of us had a wonderful dinner there celebrating a birthday. The food and the drinks were tasty and delicious. It's a bit pricey but still worth to try it and can very much to recommend.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Tasty and innovative vegetarian food in a great location. Call ahead for a reservation. The Chickpea crepe and arugula and fennel salad were outstanding. Peak organic beer from Maine rounded out a great meal.

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Three of us, all meat eaters, went for dinner and we all really enjoyed it. The servers were great, they make sure that they take preferences and allergies into account and there is a separate gluten-free menu. We each had starter- the Mezze platter; dumplings and the corn poppers- and not only were they all delicious but the portions were... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I had never been to a vegan restaurant and was quite impressed by the variety and quality of this restaurant. It's local joint, not trendy at all but worth it for the food. It makes you re-think the way you eat.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wife is a vegan and I am vegetarian, so we decided to dine at this awesome little place on UES. We had a reservation and directed straight upstairs in a very lovely and comfy environment. Appetizers: She had the Pad Thai - delicious and full of flavors I had the wasabi rolls - I ended up ordering it again Main... More

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I was very excited about eating here. I'm a carnivore but my wife is vegetarian and we had booked a table here for her 40th birthday. My wife was in absolute heaven with the choice available and the decor, service and general ambiance was excellent (except for a 10 year old boy crawling around on the table near us, but... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

I'm not a vegetarian but have eaten many a vegetarian and vegan meal from Indian to Vietnamese to old fashioned American. When I heard that Candle 79 was one of the best veggie restaurants in NYC, I was excited. Firstly, the ambience is stunning. We were led upstairs to this charming little room that held about six to seven tables.... More

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England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Due to my boyfriend being a vegetarian I thought it would be nice to eat in new York somewhere different, my boyfriend was not in his element so much to choose from. I'm not a vegetarian but had amazing meal and did not miss meat. Great service and excellent atmosphere.

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