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Review of Candle 79

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Ranked #37 of 14,144 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, 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.
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Excellent, creative, healthy, gluten if, if desired food. I consider this restaurant a great find for lunch or dinner. Lovely atmosphere.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

I am not a vegan but do enjoy going to for vegan food. I always wanted to come here and never had the opportunity until now. A few of us came for brunch and everything on the menu looked delicious. They give you free mini blueberry muffins which were amazing, so delicious and did not taste vegan at all. We then split the quinoa pancakes with strawberry butter. Wow! Easily some of the best pancakes I have ever had in my life. I then had the seitan piccata, my boyfriend had the wild mushroom fricassee and my sis had the black bean burger. The seitan was the favorite dish of the table, but the polenta fries that came with the black bean burger were off the chart. Who knew polenta could be that good? We were way too full for dessert but the peach empanadas sound heavenly! A must go back for dinner and dessert. Service was impeccable.

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Thank Cara L
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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My brother is a vegan.. And it's a pain. I always feel bad going out to dinner with him as I devour a juicy steak and he gives me dirty looks regarding what I did to the poor animal. So during our vacation in NYC I decided to spoil him and suffer quietly as we go to a vegan restaurant.

This place is fantastic. I truly enjoyed everything we had and I did not feet at all like I was missing out. Made me consider (just for a tiny split second) to become vegan myself...but living without sushi will kill me!

Anyway, highly recommended and just amazing fresh yummy interesting food. Loved it.

1  Thank AltEllie
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Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Went here on a whim without a booking and was luckily accomodated after 20 mins. Service was impeccable as would be expected of such a place. Was a little while ago I went but remember the food having very good quality ingredients cooked and presented well. The main was a slight letdpwwn on flavour compared to the very good starter. The recommended white wine was a winner and the dessert was sublime. I would definitely go back. Not sure there is enough here to convert the carnivores though!

Thank neh_uk
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is not my first time at Candle 79 and I regret not having made an additional reservation for this short NYC trip. The food was excellent: The Seitan skewers were delicious, so was the raw stuffed zucchini blossom with salad. Desserts were excellent, except maybe for the cannoli. A little too much chocolate. Of course all topped off with a Schneider Weisse TAP4 (yum!).

My only gripe: I felt that service was rushed this time. Just not enough time to really enjoy the food. To a point that after 3 desserts I decided to call it quits and leave. I know you want to turn the table over. But what the heck! Here I am consuming for this and the next party! Cut the crap and cater to your customers properly next time.

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1  Thank HelmutsCulinaryPorn
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