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Candle 79

154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423
+1 212-537-7179
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The meal portions are large. I should have shared a meal with my friend. The food was good. It would have been better to share the meal because it's on the pricey side for beans and rice.

Thank Cooksuite
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Candle 79 to the VIP dinner benefit for The Humane League annual Vegan Prom; and we just loved all of their selections. Specially the wild mushroom crepe. Ammmmazing. The ambiance and service was delightful.

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been many places in the world and this is one of the few restaurants that I would go back too. I reserved a table from home and I am so glad I did as it was busy. I tried the specials and have...More

Thank Tajesh P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is absolutely delicious! The cocktails - amazing. Music - fab. Decor - so great. All in all one of the coolest veg restaurants I’ve ever been to. Definitely a top choice if you want to bring a romantic date. Sadly the hostess was...More

Thank Etelle H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never pass this up while in NY. You will not be disappointed. Pricey but worth every penny. Everything on their menu will blow you away.

Thank 69Calvin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend if you are in the area to go here, the food was hearty and filling, big portions and really get value. Really yummy vegan food, and the drinks were lovely too! We had a table...More

Thank YM2291
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding menu and I am not vegan. Second time eating here while visiting NYC. The server was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious- no one will miss meat:fish. The fact that it is organic is a big plus. Highly recommended. The two of us...More

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

A friend Who lives here recommended this restaurant and all four of us loved it. Uniques dishes full of flavor. We’ll be back!

Thank johnassaraf2018
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Utterly amazing food. Unthinking bliss for vegetarians and health conscious eaters who can choose anything from this menu. Seitan is used and prepared in delicious ways as are all the vegetables and starches. Choosing was tough. Plenty of specials based on seasonal produce. Most amazing...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Vegan menu was very varied and virtually every dish ordered had authentic taste without a hint of being boring vegan. Eggplant parmigiana was out of this world. So were Empanadas and Fried dumplings. Moroccan chick pea patties and peach cobbler were just too good to...More

Thank Ravi A
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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I cannot say for certain if this restaurant has a dress code. I'd call and ask. As a general rule, this is New York City, not Miami or LA. People in New York, generally speaking, get dressed at least business casual, for... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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