Candle 79

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154 E 79th St (at Manhattan Upper East Side), New York City, New York, USA, 10075

Upscale sister restaurant to Candle Café. Vegan organic cuisine presented in a two-floor dining oasis with an organic wine and sake bar. Brunch on Sunday. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering

115 Reviews

First Review by Poundie

Excellent vegan in upscale restaurant - Edit

Excellent vegan food in an upscale environment perfect for business dinners or date night. Large, creative menu. Highly recommend although pricey for everyday.

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Delicious! - Edit

So many great choices! The mushroom crepes with arugula shaved fennel and beet salad were fabulous and I don’t usually like beets! My husband had the biscuits and gravy which he found really tasty. We also tried the Benedict with tempeh bacon and potato cake and cauliflower Hollandaise - really delicious. We carried out empanadas to try at home (can you tell we live in an area without a ton of vegan choices?!) and while I haven’t had mine yet, my husband said it was really good. We will be going back to Candle 79 next time we’re in NYC.

Pros: Great food, stylish ambience, good service, Reservations through Open Table

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Pricey But Worth It - Edit

Even though I found Candle 79 rather pricey, it was definitely worth it. I went with my girlfriend last year and I knew it was going to be a splurge for the both of us. I enjoyed the food, although I will say that I didn't find most of the menu very original or authentic, so that disappointed me a little. I was expecting more creativity in the dishes. The appetizers and entrees were delicious and quite filling. I don't think I will be returning, though.

Pros: Lovely ambiance , Beautiful setting, Attentive service

Cons: Lack of originality in menu, Very pricey for common dishes, Could use more creativity with dishes

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favorite place - Edit

I cannot put into words how amazing the flatbread with mushrooms was!!! Also the dessert crepes were so delish!! Was a very expensive place but food was worth it!

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Decent - Edit

Stopped here for lunch when I visited the MET and I have to say I was not impressed.
The staff was friendly and eager to help, but menu items featured too many artificial and store bought vegan items such as daisy cheese. If I go to a restaurant it’s not to be served cheap, nutritionally deficient, processed garbage. Especially at these prices!
Nothing on the menu sounds particularly appetizing. A lot of words to describe dishes that are nothing special. I ended up ordering the make your own bowl dish with miso tofu, grilled oyster mushrooms, Brown rice, and grilled broccoli and cauliflower. I was very hungry and the waiter assured me this was a large, filling dish. It wasn’t.
The dish lacked flavor and felt like they just threw all these espérate ingredients on a plate rather than combined them into some sort of dish. Only the mushrooms had flavor, although they were soaked in oil, as was the broccoli and cauliflower. On the menu the brown rice was said to be somehow seasoned, it tasted like nothing to me. Plain brown rice. The tofu was nicely grilled, but oily and flavorless. The sauces that came with the dish were the only saving element, but the dish still felt like something my most culinarily inept friends would whip up for me, not like something I’m paying $22 for.
After my meal I was still hungry, so I thought of ordering dessert, until I saw desserts cost the same as an entree and would probably be as disappointing.

There is so much good vegan food in NYC to waste your time and money at a place like this. Avoid!

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: Too expensive, Use a lot of processed ingredients , Bad food

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great food; great service. - Edit

They have soy and gluten free options. The three cheese starter was one of my favorites. I have had this in different places (LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco), but candle 79 is the winner. The servers were very professional and attentive. The smoothie and “kombrewcha” were very good, actually better than expected. The price is relatively reasonable for fine dining. The entrees were excellent, very approachable appetizing. The layout was cozy without being on top of one another. Highly recommended for your next special night.

Pros: excellent service , good location, great tasty food , quick and attentive service

Cons: no very handicap accessible

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my favorite restaurant! - Edit

This is the best of the best for gormet vegan food in an intimate, romantic setting. The food is always phenomenal. Service is top notch.

Pros: all vegan and delish

Cons: none.

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a delight find - Edit

This restaurant will turn anyone to a vegan. Such an amazing atmosphere topped with great food...no, the best vegan food we’ve ever had!

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Possibly my favourite Vegan Restaurant in NYC - Edit

I never forget the amazing food I had at this place. Had Seitan Skewers, Sorbet and some traditional Italian dessert. Everything tasted wonderful and was very satiating.

Usually I get disappointed with up scale restaurants but this one actually delivers quality. The price you pay for once is worth it and the portions are decent. If you happen to be in Upper Manhattan or close to Central Park, this is a must place to visit!

Pros: Food, Quality, Service

Cons: Distance, A bit pricey

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Exquisite vegan dining - Edit

The moment you walk into this restaurant, you know you've reached the pinnacle of fine vegan dining. The lighting, the decor, the tables, the chairs, the staff, the kitchen and the plates of food passing you by as you gawk.

The reason I consider Candle 79 to be at the top of the vegan dining scene is simply because of the attention to detail from start to finish in every course. Really though, it's probably because of the phenomenal plated desserts made in house. It is a rarity to have vegan restaurants trained and talented enough in their staff's abilities and chef's capabilities to make time for such luxurious vegan creations. It's not just frozen dessert out of a container or tofu cheesecake. Here, it's housemade ice creams and seasonal sorbets. It's fruit desserts with fresh fruit and well seasoned crusts and/ or crumble. It's decadently smooth and rich chocolate based desserts that don't make you wish for real dessert- it is as real as it gets here.

The other course that I always find essential for fine vegan dining is the salad selection. Here, they separate appetizers from salads! Yes! This is what I feel is the right way to go- salad is it's own vegan course! Appetizers are small bites to be shared! Guacamole timbale bite or two per person, then one or two bites of another appetizer, then a kale or arugula or spinach or mesclun based salad with nuts, seeds, fresh seasonal vegetables and legumes. Done. I also appreciate that their salads could serve as a meal for those with smaller appetites.

The entrees are delicious, but I'm usually waiting for dessert and just going through the motions of eating to reach that goal. Don't get me wrong, they have delectable choices including a daily pasta, seitan dishes, spaghetti and wheatballs, a rice or couscous or quinoa dish, a live/raw dish and a few other tasty dishes to highlight the season's bounty.

They also have beverages galore to quench anyone's thirst. Some of them can serve as courses themselves. An aperitif or cordial, coffee or cappuccino, juice or smoothie, or just a beer- you're covered.

Also, just remember that the staff is knowledgeable beyond the menu, which doesn't mark common allergens or foods to be avoided. There are plenty of options if you avoid gluten or soy or nuts, just ask. The staff is attentive and patient, waiting to clear courses when you look done, and waiting to bring new courses after clearing the prior course.

Order happily and heartily, but still, you'll be back!

Pros: Vegan, Plated desserts, Salads

Cons: Expensive

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waste of time and money - Edit

It saddens me to write this, but hugely disappointed in quality. Menu looked very intriguing. Seasoning is definitely off, too much oil/sauce to hide bland I ingredients

Pros: drinks are interesting

Cons: pricey, boring, messy

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wow! - Edit

First off, I am really impressed with this place for multiple reasons! I have visited for both brunch and dinner and both times were great! The decor and ambiance are great. The staff are very attentive and nice. And the food is absolutely spectacular. I feel like you could pick anything on the menu and be happy!

Pros: beautiful food presentation , great specials, lovely staff

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Best vegan food I've ever eaten! - Edit

I loved the atmosphere in this restaurant. The servers were extremely quick and attentive. AMAZING selection of vegan items to choose from. The richest tasting, most delicious food I've ever eaten. And amazing desserts! My only complaint is that I purchased an expensive martini (strawberry flavour) and it tasted more like cough syrup than a delicious drink.

Pros: Alllll the vegan options , DELICIOUS food, attentive and fast service

Cons: maybe not the best drinks

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Fancy Vegan Restaurant - Edit

A nice place to go for a fancy lunch or dinner. They have a nice selection of menu options but are all quite pricey. We enjoyed everything we had but wasn't the best vegan food we had in New york. It's a nice place to go for a special occasion.

Pros: All vegan

Cons: bit pricey

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Can't go wrong - Edit

Seriously can't go wrong here. Love this place. I always order the sietan piccata. It is my ultimate favorite. Warm ambience, romantic and intimate. Date night!

Pros: Amazing food, Great ambience

Cons: Small, Could use a facelift

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The culinary highlight of our NYC visit - Edit

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 very pleasant throughout the meal, guiding us with choices and some of her favorites on the menu. She even supplied us with a couple of other local recommendations.

My husband and I split the avocado salad and and appetizer which were very good. My husband ordered the mushroom crepes and I ordered the grilled cauliflower steak with risotto. Both dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. We shared a chocolate peanut butter dessert which was decadent.

Pros: Excellent service, Variety in menu, Delicious food

Cons: Pricey

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delicious! - Edit

One of the best vegan restaurants I ve been!

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Very nice place to celebrate something special - Edit

My husband and I love this place. He is not Vegan and absolutely loves the food. Our favorites among many things are the polenta fries and the seitan piccata. Great ambiance and wine list.

Pros: Elegant, Awesome staff

Cons: Pricey

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Simply delicious - Edit

I visited this restaurant one month ago, and it was a great experience, the food was delicious, a got the best crepe I ever had tried

Pros: Food, Maitres

Cons: Price it was expensive

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expensive - Edit

We got the fixed menu for Thanksgiving and the dishes were hit or miss. Everything was at least decent, but I feel like the bar is raised when you're paying over $100 (w/tip and tax) for vegetables. We were also crammed into a corner next to a large group. The wait staff was amazing, and the overall experience was fine, just not worth the price tag.

Pros: wait staff, good food

Cons: price

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This is the vegan restaurant of my dreams - Edit

I have longed for an upscale vegan restaurant for ages. I found it. We went there for a weekend brunch and a weekday dinner, and both times we got in quickly without a reservation. Service is excellent and attentive. The only downside is that the upstairs tends to be on the warm side.

The food is amazing, freshly made, and flavorful. It ranges from fancy upscale stacks of food to chowing down on a messy burger. And don't go without getting dessert; I've never had vegan cannoli before but the taste and texture was perfect. This will be a frequent stop whenever I go to New York City!

Pros: Amazing food, Attentive service

Cons: A little on the warm side upstairs

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great food, off staff - Edit

Classic vegan food, done well, with seasonal menu options. Pricey. The wait staff young man who seated us seemed unhappy, but our waitress was awesome! She had fine suggestions and really made us feel like she sincerely cared despite it being a busy night. We were not rushed, cake/dessert was exquisite. We even got a complimentary appetizer! Would go to again--nothing life changing, but definitely a nice meal.

Pros: seasonal, all vegan, relaxed, raw options

Cons: expensive, tense staff

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Fantastic for a special occasion with vegans and non-vegans - Edit

We came here for a special occasion dinner and it was definitely the right choice. The service was quite a change from the usual casual restaurants and we thoroughly enjoyed treating ourselves to this experience. This does reflect in the prices, but we ended up with around $100 for two people, which is still pretty alright given the quality and the experience. We shared an appetizer - the fried dumplings - that we both loved. I was particularly into the gingery sauce. We each had an entree, I had the chimichurri seitan, and shared a side of polenta fries. The portion sizes of the entrees are definitely on the smaller side, which I appreciate. The polenta fries were a good size as a side for two people; definitely too much for one person alone. They were tasty, but bland in comparison to the rest of the food. Nothing I'd get again. I really liked my entree, especially the plantains, that just had the right amount of sweetness to them. The seitan may have been the most tender and least chewy I have ever had - I wonder what their secret is. Afterwards, we shared the chocolate-peanut butter bliss. It may seem like a small serving, but it is incredibly rich and delicious and was clearly enough for both of us. I enjoyed it a lot and would go back again on another special occasion.

Pros: upscale service, great and quiet atmosphere, high-end dishes

Cons: pricey - special occasion only

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The BEST! - Edit

Mind blowing and delicious. I had the black bean pumpkin seed burger with the unbelievable heavenly polenta fries and my sister had the seitan piccata and she loved it. We shared the peach galette and peanut butter mousse and were super impressed. The cocktails were great too. Our favorite was the berry long engagement. Perfect late lunch spot.

Pros: delicious food, quick service, great location

Cons: pricey

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great service OK food - Edit

I seen a few reviews calling this restaurant The Best Vegan Fine Dining in Manhattan ...No lol This is a casual dinner place with nice food.The staff are brilliant and atmosphere was relaxed family vibe...not a date night place.

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AMAZING! - Edit

What an amazing dinning experience! The food is incredible and not overly rich and filling which was nice. Lots of wonderful flavours and the service was also great! Would recommend the chickpea cake and the Mexican chocolate cake soooo good!

Pros: nice ambiance , good service , amazing food

Cons: tightly spaced

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Delicious vegan food in a nice ambience. - Edit

After a long day of traveling by plane, subway trains and buses for hours and hours I was treated to dinner in this restaurant followed by a walk through Central Park... both things were lovely, even with jet-lag!

I had an Indian dish of well-spiced carbs and curry on a bed of perfectly cooked (i.e. not overcooked at all) green beans and broccoli with nut slivers on top. It was a great combination. My cousin had meatballs!

Since I was taken out for dinner I can't tell you about value for money, but it's one of the most delicious meals I have had in months... and we cook yummy food at home!

Pros: Delicious food., Good size portion., Nice vibe.

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