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Candle Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
+1 212-472-7169
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great vegetarian restaurant. It's casual and pretty busy. It's up there in the best vegetation restaurants in New York.

Thank Walkman007
Panajachel, Guatemala
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got the buffalo cauliflower wings, per the waiter's request, which was such a great way to start. I ordered the mushroom seitan burger, which came with delicious truffle fries. Everything was really great, but I did kind of feel like the burger itself could have been seasoned a bit more. I also ordered the chocolate coconut smoothie, which was... More 

Thank Hannah E
Tokyo, Japan
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114 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always visit here when in NY even thoughI am not vegan. Particularly recommend the lasagna and the Indian curry plate. carrot cake is superb and the cream better than the dairy original! Expensive and gets very crowded.

Thank Stephen W
Los Angeles
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91 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I've been suckered in 3 times now, because the location suits me and every time I swear never again. Overpriced, outrageously bad food. The grilled cheese was under-toasted, dry, cheap bread with unmelted Daiya cheese (there are soo many better cheese options). So very easy to make a good grilled cheese, you fail at that, you shouldn't own a restaurant.... More 

Thank 5StarBohemian
Charlotte, North Carolina
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140 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Small place crammed to be honest but awesome food. Took my wife here and she enjoyed it thoroughly. Would come back in a heart beat but I don't live in NYC. Candle needs to expand to other cities.

Thank JohnT01Traveler
New York City, New York
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152 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We, a party of 2, went for lunch at this place on Dec 23 around 1:30 pm. The place is not very large but it was packed. We found seat right away. I had soup of the day which was split pea and mezze plate. Though the server said it may not be enough if you are hungry but I... More 

Thank Sankarmukh
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

First time here. Chose this for the gluten-free menu and was pretty disappointed in the portion. Ordered the 'Build It' salad and it tasted fine but it was more like a side salad except for $12.00. Now I have to get to get something to eat.

1 Thank Greg B
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This place is great!! I would definitely recommend heading over there is you love vegan food, or just food food. They have a wide selection of things to eat but the menu isn't too large and overwhelming - it's just right. Good smoothie and shake selection! The staff were very welcoming and hospitable - they made a solo diner feel... More 

Thank bellecamm
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

They slightly changed the game recently when they renovated the space. While it looks good it fails on a comfort level so basic - heat. No excuse they have been around the block a few times so deciding on few heat sources, and no barrier from the caustic chill in the air at the door seems arrogant at best. It... More 

Thank 3galsontour
New York City, New York
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I have visited Candle Cafe and its sister higher end restaurant Candle 79 several times. The cafe is a nice mid priced option for vegetarians, vegans and anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions. The offer a wide variety of options from soups, salads, appetizers, small plates sandwiches and main courses as well as a juice bar and wine and... More 

Thank Robert T

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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
USD 20
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-472-7169

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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