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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)
+1 212-537-7179
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went to NYC for a great food getaway and this was the highlight. Super service. Delicious food. Beautifully presented. We enjoyed every part of the dinner and left with inspiration for meals we created at home. I can't wait to return.

Thank Timothy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

By far the best vegan restaurant ever! Food is tasty and even non-vegans will be surprised by the flavors, presentation and experience of eating here. Friendly staff an added bonus.

Thank familytripplannerNYC
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Flavorful, well presented. Staff Was friendly. We were able to take our time after dinner without being rushed. I'll definitely come back.

Thank vilaaida
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting New York City for the first time from Los Angeles and were looking for a great fine dining vegan place to eat during our visit. This definitely met our expectations. The food was fantastic, the service was great and the other diners were warm and friendly. The mushroom crepe is highly recommended and my teenage sone says... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was most looking forward to eating here during my stay in NYC as I usually only have a couple of items to choose from on most menus. I ordered the wild mushroom crepe. The food was good, but not as balanced in texture or interest as I had expected it to be. I would give them another try if... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On visit to NYC from UK. Booked a month ago for Sunday evening, based on both Trip Advisor and vegan blogger reviews. It definitely did not disappoint. Excellent food, superb well priced wine, and outstanding attentive service. Faultless!

Thank chrisjZ9936YV
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As vegans we were very excited to come to NYC for some good vegan food. We decided on lunch at Candle 79 and were not disappointed. Completely out of character for my husband and I we spent 2 hours eating! We had appetizers, entrees and desserts and enjoyed every single bite!! Try the Angel Nachos and you must have a... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Im recently vegan and ate here during a recent trip to New York and I was very impressed. My meat eater boyfriend even loved it and couldnt believe what you can do with plants and grains. We had starters, mains and desserts and whilst it is more on the expensive side- it is well worth it and a great cheat.... More 

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Near Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really hate to say that this is the best "vegan restaurant" because it is just the best restaurant that happens to be vegan. My daughter and I debated about what to get because the choices were so amazing. I got a mushroom crepe and I cannot remember what she had,but both of our meals were delicious and the service... More 

1 Thank Momof4kidsNearBoston
Bragg Creek
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We were in Manhattan for 24 hours for business and my husband was celebrating 1 year as a Vegan...I booked Candle because of it's reputation, quality and location. Good: 1 - service was fast 2 - getting a reservation was pretty easy for a Monday night 3 - food was great, tasty hot 4 - not too fancy so you... 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
US$ 31 - US$ 40
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-537-7179
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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Stamford, Connecticut
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Upper East Side
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