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“2 times in 2 days” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Candle 79

Candle 79
154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Upper East Side)
212-537-7179
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Ranked #43 of 12,022 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
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.
Melbourne, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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“2 times in 2 days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Outstanding food and service! The only problem is deciding what to choose. This is healthy food with panache. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the staff is attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. It's thrilling to see a vegan restaurant that is so popular. If only other restaurants would follow suit.

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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113 reviews 113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Transformational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Okay, my vegan daughter and family friend tricked me into going here. I wanted a steak.
But this place was exceptional. I had an imaginative, filling meal. A lot of thought, talent, and creativity goes into the menu and food here. Each entree seems to have at least a dozen ingredients. It's sophisticated and surprising.
One doesn't have to be vegetarian/vegan to appreciate this place.
And the interior is urbane and cool. As are the cocktails.
A great place for the health-conscious and a great place for those who are curious.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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“Good to the last bite.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our dining experience at Candle79 was top class. Visiting twice in two years, the menu had not changed much but the food and the service were as good as we remembered. Excellent wine list too.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“a vegan's dream come true!! others will like it too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

loved the food!!! and the service and the atmosphere and the prices....nothing better than being at a place that you know tries to do good food well...highly recommend it!

Visited September 2012
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Bellevue, WA
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58 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“You'll be too distracted by the great flavor of the dishes to realize they're vegan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

After meandering across southern Central Park on a gorgeous fall day, my husband and I strolled over to Candle 79 for a late lunch. They apparently stop serving food on weekdays from 3:30-5, and we got there just before 3:00. I was looking for a vegetarian restaurant, and the food here was so delicious, simply bursting with flavor, that I didn't even realize it's actually all vegan. I had the most delicate, wonderful gluten-free crepe with a savory wild mushroom, kale, and broccoli filling, my husband had the wild mushroom squash risotto, and we both shared the avocado-jicama tartare starter. Everything tasted so fresh and vibrant. The menu is a bit on the pricy side - this is a great choice for special occasions - but the quality is all there. We spent $100 on our lunch, with tip included, and felt that it definitely tasted like a $100 meal. I look forward to dining there again in the future.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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