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Candle 79

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
+1 212-537-7179
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Near Boston
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really hate to say that this is the best "vegan restaurant" because it is just the best restaurant that happens to be vegan. My daughter and I debated about what to get because the choices were so amazing. I got a mushroom crepe and I cannot remember what she had,but both of our meals were delicious and the service... More 

Thank Momof4kidsNearBoston
Bragg Creek
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Manhattan for 24 hours for business and my husband was celebrating 1 year as a Vegan...I booked Candle because of it's reputation, quality and location. Good: 1 - service was fast 2 - getting a reservation was pretty easy for a Monday night 3 - food was great, tasty hot 4 - not too fancy so you... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Upper East Side Candle 79 is hands down the best vegan restaurant in NY. The restaurant is set up on two floors with the bar and several booths on the ground floor and booths and tables on the second. In the back of the second floor is a small outdoor seating area. The decor is sophisticated and... More 

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Big Flats
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wild mushroom crepe is outstanding. My wife and I have eaten at Candle 79 four times now and the food is always amazing. Food and service are top notch. Excellent atmosphere and you feel great when you leave because you know you have eaten good healthy food. Always my number one choice when visiting the city.

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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106 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally made it back. Dinner for seven including two frightened elder confined carnivores. Sensational food, great wine, superior service. Candle 79 proved its reputation. Ask for GF menu if it suits you. Relax knowing the food is organic vegan.

Thank DrSGPrice
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a delight it was to dine at Candle 79. From the moment we arrived until we left, we were treated with welcoming, friendly and attentive service. I don't like stuffy or pretentious waiting so it was a delight to have a friendly server always with a smile on his face who was more than happy to advise on dishes.... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a long day of 5th Avenue window shopping and a 9/11 walking tour, we arrived at Candle 79 for our reservation and were seated politely and promptly. It's very freeing to walk into a vegan restaurant and be able to order anything off the menu. So nice, that we wanted to order one of everything! Beckie, our waitress, was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Healthy and yummy food, menu looks very tasty, was very difficult to choose! Wine and cocktails are organic. Prize overall manhattan restaurants.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a vegan, I especially appreciated this restaurant with so many excellent choices. My husband, Who is not vegan or even vegetarian, also enjoyed his dinner. The service was efficient but not overly friendly. We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived next to a stairwell on the upper level. We requested another spot, but the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

We went on a Saturday night, there was lots of snow but there were still many (if not all) tables occupied. Our waitress was very nice and explained all the specials as well as answered our questions in a nice way. We opted for a starter to share: the vegetable quesadilla, it was delicious, the 'sour cream' was very nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423
    (Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-537-7179
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
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