I went to Candle 79 (bookable via OpenTable) in New York's Upper East Side while on holiday in February 2013.
First impressions walking in was that it was a little cramped as people were waiting to be seated just inside the doorway and as we walked in, we were right amongst them.
We were seated pretty promptly upstairs after they took our coats. We were seated at a round table but asked to move to one of the booths since several were free. The booths were large and comfortable.
The menu is pretty eclectic with quite a large variety. We settled on the nachos appetiser and the spiced chickpea cake entrée.
The nachos were huge and very filling but needed some hot sauce to give them a bit of a kick as they were in danger of being somewhat bland.
The chickpea cake was good and we got them with a side of polenta fries which were really nice (light and crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside). It was very tasty but something like a big falafel.
I had a nice glass of Chilean CabSauv with the meal but we couldn't manage dessert as we were had eaten a big lunch too. I recommend sharing plates so you have space for dessert!
I'd probably try it again some time as I'd like to try some of the other stuff on the menu.