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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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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seitan” (83 reviews)
“chickpea cake” (32 reviews)
“polenta fries” (28 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 15:30All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After a morning at the Metropolitan Museum we searched Trip Advisor and decided to take the short walk to Candle 79. It was an excellent choice. We are from Portland, Oregon and are used to good food and will go out to vegetarian restaurants every...More

Thank Frank H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

one of the best vegan and organic restaurants I've been to. definitely worth going. food is amazing and so tasty. one of my must go back places each time to nyc.

Thank kristyrebecca
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I came here to experience what an all vegetarian restaurant has to offer and we were not disappointed. We typically go to restaurants where we have two or three veggie options, which is so incredibly frustrating. This was a breath of fresh...More

Thank Devster14
Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant receives generally high marks, but we were disappointed. Waiter was inattentive - 30+ minutes for drinks - an disorganized. Food was OK, not great. Perhaps we came on an off night...

1  Thank Thomas T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I pulled in here due to the great reviews and lovely setting. The menu is varied making it hard to choose and I settled on the Mezze platter which combined many delicious flavors and textures. A few more pita points would have been nice so...More

Thank CarolRororo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on our honeymoon and the food was absolutely delicious.. the cocktails weren't bad either! My partner is a meat eater and we loved it too and definitely didn't miss the meat aspect of his meal. Would love to revisit next time we...More

Thank yorkshire_2408
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

My second visit to Candle 79 and like the menu. We were seated immediately and server came quickly and offered the daily specials...I had to ask him to repeat..which he did immediately without getting irritated. Menu had daily specials which we ordered one of those....More

Thank PRM15641
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Visited NY for Mothers Day weekend and my daughter and I wanted to try all the plant based restaurants. Candle 79 is amazing. I had the seitan piccata and loved the fact that many of the entrees are in the cookbook. The seitan was definitely...More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Not a vegan at all but tried it and seriously it was very tasty and at the end I was full and enjoyed a great lunch. Service was nice, ambiance was good and location is great by Central Park!

Thank Iceberg_91
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Visited with my husband on a trip to NYC for my birthday and this was our 'special' meal. The food was delicious and the service great. I would definitely return. Funny that we travelled all the way from York, England to buy vegan lager which...More

Thank YorkWalkies
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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Do you have kosher wine? If not what is your corkage fee?thanks
3 July 2016|
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Response from Nunnsenior | Reviewed this property |
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Hi Is there a dress code if you visit in the evening? I couldn't find anything on their website Thanks Dom
30 November 2015|
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Response from S G | Reviewed this property |
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
Nan F
Do I need reservations for Saturday night?
26 February 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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