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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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Open Now
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 yesterday

On the surface Candle 79 is a typical well-established and well run NYC restaurant offering a comfortable environemnt in which to eat. What sets it apart is its focus on delivering interesting vegan dishes. Amongst other things we enjoyed the following: Empanadas, Daily pasta, Wild...More

Thank StevoHughes1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The worst restaurant I’ve been in NYC. Bad service, unedible food. Pasta was overcooked, floating in a muddy sauce. You can’t ask for a change in a dish. If you don’t want soy sauce you can’t eat half of the menu. Avoid it by all...More

Thank enzocapua
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entirely vegan restaurant. Food was outstanding. From appetizer to desert it was all amazing. Nice size portions as well. They are also willing to work around food allergies and make a point of asking while taking your order.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a big vegan fan, but my friend is and she suggested this place. Had lunch here and it blew my mind! The crispy crust on the empanadas appetizer was impressive and so was the taste. I had a mushroom crepe, that had fantastic...More

Thank 4Family4FunNY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly staff, very welcoming. The food is really fantastic for New York. Highly recommended. It a 100% vegan and when eating you really will feel healthy. Very inventive combinations of South American and Western food. Even if you are a meat eater you will...More

Thank Francesco R
Reviewed 14 April 2018

My wife is a veggie which is why we came to Candle 79. Very close to the Met so great place to nip out to for lunch. All the food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend the double cheese burger to anyone as I would...More

Thank Gerald M
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We went as a couple on the eve of our wedding we arrived 40 minutes early for our reservation but very helpful reception who arranged a great table straight away, it was v bush over lunchtime too and others were turned away shortly after without...More

1  Thank woodford9
Reviewed 4 April 2018

As a family of four, two vegans and two vegetarians on holiday in New York we were keen to try out this restaurant. It is a cosy restaurant with a good atmosphere. The food was top notch and there is an impressive organic wine list....More

1  Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 13 March 2018 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

2  Thank GailC78
Reviewed 12 March 2018 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

1  Thank sammymadison
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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
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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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