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Candle Cafe

1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
+1 212-472-0970
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
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Reviewed 5 days ago

To conclude a fabulous vacation, reserved a table for 2 Brit. guests at this massively overrated vegan “joint”. One guest has a walking stick, due to 3 recently fused spinal bones but we were nevertheless forced to climb a steep flight of stairs, all the...More

Thank LesleyReborn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good vegan place. Food is okay, my burger was delicious. Not many options in the Upper East, I would def. recommend Candle. My partner had plate where you can choose 4-5 side dishes, it was not good. Sorry.

Thank MexicotoNYC
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I must have gone to a different restaurant than everyone else here. Food tasted like burnt. Burnt seitan, Burnt capers, way overdressed kale salad, supremely greasy croutons. Only partial refund. Kitchen staff walked through main dining room with full garbage bags. Really poor overall experience...More

Thank Mollye R
Reviewed 2 May 2018

This is a pretty good vegan restaurant, dependable but a lot of traffic. My only complaint is that they frequently change the menu and the favorites of mine always seem to be the ones that fall off. No reservations are needed but especially on weekends...More

Thank Mat R
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with my mom today. We usually eat pizza or pasta on Fridays during lent season. We decided to check this place out and ...Wow! The food is delicious. I had the cauliflower buffalo bites and mom had a veggie burger. I did...More

Thank Lorraine H
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I had a lovely vegan mexican tortilla with beans, very tasty, so tasty that I had to double check that it was actually vegan and it was! Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Upper East Side area!

Thank Gabriella C
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

My yoga teacher told me about Candle Cafe and I am safe to say that I was not disappointed. Good service, delicious food and a pleasant place to visit. The menu had a good selection of vegan food.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Stopped in for the first time, and it wad a great experience, The food was amazing light and very tasty for a vegan, many options to chose from also very diverse and the portions are a great size. The staff was friendly and very hands...More

2  Thank Maritza G
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Stopped in for lunch - we are new to being vegan and are still trying things out. Candle Cafe didn't disappoint - the food was delicious. Southern Plate - - crispy coated and delicious Mexican Bowl - a whole heap of delicious food Sweet Potato...More

1  Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Met a friend here for lunch, we are both long-time vegetarians. I was seated immediately at lunchtime rather than being asked to wait until the rest of my party arrived. That was good because he was 30 minutes later. The menu choices are deep and...More

Thank AAEN
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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: +1 212-472-0970
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Our passion is compassion and sustainability. We share that ethos with our guests through our vegan, organic, and seasonal cuisine, and our "green" philosophy. We strive each day to minimize our carbon footprint, thus making our planet and our community a cleaner, healthier environment in which to not just live, but to live in good health and thrive. We believe that eating a plant-based diet and choosing local organic foods is the most direct and simplest way to create a more balanced and sustainable world. Our goal is to bring our guests Food Fresh From Farm to Table™. Everything we serve is free of pesticides, chemicals, and hormones. No genetically modified foods. We serve only plant-based foods.
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