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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)
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Makawao, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food at Candle 79 is delicious, imaginative, and complex in flavors and variety. We had reservations(advisable) and came early as we were going to a show afterwards. The wait staff are knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. We ordered a large variety of dishes and shared many of them which was great fun. The vegan menu would please almost everyone.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

wonderful restaurant with good vegetarian choices. Freshly prepared and well served with very good atmosphere!

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my wife to this great establishment while visiting NYC. I'm not a Vegan but she is. I was very impressed with the dish that I had which tasted like meat but wasn;t. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and prices were good by NY standards.

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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I travel the world and eat in top TripAdvisor locations but this restaurant simply blew my mind off. Vegan food will never be the same again for me. :)

1 Thank Ioana A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After all these years Candle 79 is up there in the top restaurants when it comes to raw/ vegan. In my opinion it's just surpassed by crossroads in LA We ordered a variety of treats and shared this way we got an array of tastes and culinary expertise. We indulged in jalapeño poppers , avocado salads and meatballs ( you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to! We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and found this restaurant as we shopped throughout the day, so went in for lunch. It was so fabulous we then booked for dinner! The meals are second to none and every dish sounded like perfection! It was fabulous to go to a... More 

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Candle 79 was highly recommended by a friend that is vegetarian and I can see why. The food is amazing! The menu has fresh, often local ingredients that change seasonally. The flatbread appetizer and the kale salads were standouts as was the Chickpea Cake (delicious Moroccan flavors). Service was great and the prices reasonable especially for NYC. We will definitely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We made our reservation and received confirmation via email. The food was exquisite and refined. Everything tastes good. There were lots of different option in the menu and the service was excellent. I specially liked the sangria and the desserts. The place is small but intimate. In all, an excellent experience.

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

I dropped in for lunch whilst in the area for work and had a really enjoyable meal. I had a really tasty flatbread to start and my main course, the burger, was particularly delicious. I also liked sitting in the window upstairs watching the comings and goings in the street below. Lovely meal, definitely recommended.

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

My 'beef' with this place is that it's nothing particularly special and annoyingly, it should be for the prices charged. The mezze platter just looked a bit messy looking. Some elements were fine, but others not so. My mushroom crepe would have been enhanced by being too cold. The crepe seemed pre-cooked, the filling was good, but overall, not great.... 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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
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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