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Candle 79

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Upper East Side
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154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423 (Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Westerlo, Belgium
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky to get in on a Tuesday without a reservation. The earlier try on Saturday did not work out. The food is excellent. I had the live zucchini blossom which was just wonderful: the presentation, the taste, the texture. Personnel is friendly and explains whatever it is you do not know, or may not know. I, for instance,... More 

Thank Kristine V
San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been wanting to try Candle 79 for years when traveling to NYC and was finally able to try it during a recent trip with one of my girlfriends who is also mostly vegan. We were running about 15-30 minutes late for our reservation and they were so accommodating to our tardiness. Between the 2 of us we ordered... More 

Thank utahlovin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best lunch option when you will visit the Guggenheim Museum. Just be on time since it is not open all afternoon and we were the last to be served Lunch. Outstanding flavors and the service a bit stiff for such a environmental friendly food option. Still very recommendable.

Thank KarimL67
Helena, MT
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with 6 women, non of us vegetarian or vegan. There was lovely presentation, tasty dishes, and a very nice atmosphere. The meals even convinced our mothers (who are meat and potatoes lovers) that they could "eat vegan" if someone prepared their meals everyday. Our server answered our questions and helped guide us through the menu. Expensive, but a... More 

Thank MTbkrgrl
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, so if you've even walked by the place, or seen the food, you know it's expensive. It's a great atmosphere, always busy, always happy. The service was good, not the best I've had, but good. Our server was very kind and patient. There were 4 of us, 2 vegans and 2 non, and he helped us find the best... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely an interesting restaurant to try if you are in the area . This is a 100 % vegetarian restaurant and they are offering tasty dishes and original recipes . Most of the ingredients are organic. The staff is friendly and the prices reasonable .

Thank fab68
Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a vegetarian and was excited to dine at a restaurant with a menu I could really eat from....however, I was worried because the typical "vegan" food doesn't always taste great. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of the food. Also, the drinks were amazing. Service was great. Tip: Ask for a booth by the windows upstairs...nice view.

Thank Geobiscuits
Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch since it was a Vegan option highly rated in the area... CLOSED for renovations until late sept. Call before showing up to make sure it has reopened.

Thank Laura V
Bernex, Switzerland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just dined here with my more significant half after a visit to the Metropolitan. So happy we found it. Only a short walk from the museum, situated in a (NY) calm environment. True paradise for those of us who normally order by simply deducting from the menu things we DON'T eat. Here I can eat EVERY dish. And eat very... More 

Thank AlexUnder99
Miami, Florida
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I put this on my list of places to try during a recent trip to NYC. I'm glad I did. The dishes are creative and very tasty. The service is excellent. My family meat eaters found these vegan dishes very satisfying. It's hard to recommend any one dish because it was all very good.

Thank familyguy13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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: 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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