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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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Closes in 16 min
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM 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 1 week ago via mobile

I would rate this restaurant as just fine really. I was really looking forward to visiting this veggie restaurant but I was underwhelmed. I don’t think the restaurant was as fancy as I expected from the upper east side. The food was not amazing. I...More

Thank GailC78
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a bit skeptical about trying a vegan restaurant bit after a decadent brunch at Cafe Baloud I needed to have a light and healthy dinner. Candle 79 hit the spot! The zucchini cake appetizer was over the top! It was served on a...More

Thank sammymadison
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a visit to the Met (incredible Museum) we decided to grab a bite. Found this little spot and thought we’d try it. Just a short walk from the museum or Central Park it’s a true vegetarian restaurant. The food is delicious and a little...More

Thank Chieye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a meal here with a friend for her birthday while we were in holiday.. the choice of dishes is amazing! As a vegetarian this is a novelty! The meal I chose was delicious.. the service was friendly and I felt very well looked...More

Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner here and we were really looking forward to our visit but we were disappointed. Firstly we were sitting at a very draughty table and every time the door opened we would get this cold rush of air so not very pleasant. We...More

Thank 5gofar
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The staff dynamic in this restaurant is very bizarre and it is what turned us off this place. There were 4 women, walking around in normal clothes, overseeing the operation. They would take turns answering the phone, or else they would just be sitting up...More

Thank Fiona A
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We sat in the cozy upstairs overlooking Lexington ave and enjoyed our meals on a dreary, wet day. If you are looking for cheap vegan eats, beware as the prices are a bit steep. We had the wild mushroom crepe and the live zucchini rollantini,...More

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Until today I had started to think it was nearly impossible to have a bad dining experience in New York City. Lunch at Candle 79 quickly dissipated this idea! We had made reservations based on general reviews and were surprised to find a small and...More

1  Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 1 February 2018

I booked this restaurant for my 30th birthday as the reviews looked great. Unfortunately after eating so much great vegan food in New York I was very very disappointed by candle 79. I ordered the cheese board which had a selection of 3 cheeses. One...More

1  Thank Juronimo
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We came for our vegan daughter but all members of the family really enjoyed our meals. Great service, selection, and surroundings. We will be back!

Thank Wesley M
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
US$31 - US$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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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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