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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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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 2 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here based on the reviews on trip advisor and had a wonderful evening. Firstly it was so easy to find being so close to the subway station. We had not reserve a table but they accommodated us even though they were so busy...More

Thank beth362851
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a British visitor to NYC and with a vegetarian wife, we prebooked via OpenTable and weren’t disappointed. The menu was varied and the dishes we selected were very enjoyable, made with really fresh ingredients. A good wine selection and knowledgable waitress made for a...More

Thank Dave186225
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is without question the best veggie food I've ever eaten, in the best ambiance. The food was so tasty, and the service first class. Wine was excellent, the booth in which we were seated was quiet so that we could chat comfortably. The flavours...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good restaurant for anyone looking at transiting to Vegan food. I hosted a couple of friends and his wife is vegan so we selected dining there. The evening was very pleasant, it is a nice atmosphere and the staff is warm and...More

Thank JPSalik
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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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
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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, Romantic, 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
  • 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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