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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%
Travellers talk about
“seitan” (83 reviews)
“chickpea cake” (33 reviews)
“polenta fries” (30 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:30All 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 yesterday via mobile

Took my friend here for her 50th birthday treat. She's a vegetarian and quite fussy so I thought it would be nice for her to go to a restaurant where she might like more than a few things on the menu! I requested a window...More

Thank Magoo22222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went ti Candle 79 in order to have vegetarian and gluten free food. Waiter was nice and chef was able to deal with all our 'no's: No gluten, no avocado, no eggplant, no cilantro, no mushrooms, no fish. Food was very good ! Definitely...More

Thank Inbar G
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great little find. Visited for a celebratory meal whilst in NYC. Great selection of vegetarian and vegan meals with filling, fresh, wholesome and innovative menu ideas. Super cocktails to start. Very impressed with the standard and the variety of the food. I guess the...More

Thank HowardTJMoonUK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Candle 79 has the best vegan dessert in New York. Their vegan cannoli are excellent! You can take them out and eat in the park, but for the special occasions I would reserve a table and dine inside so you can fully enjoy their excellent...More

Thank EarlyRetirementAbroa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for a vegetarian restaurant and found this place on Yelp. I walked in and was greeted by a friendly host who gave me a window seat upstairs. The ambience was great and the service was excellent! I ordered the "Chipotle Seitan" it...More

Thank whosane9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were incredible from the moment we walked in. Made my daughter feel very welcome for her 16th birthday and were exceptionally attentive the entire meal. Food was good but a bit over priced for content. Limited wine list and desserts could have been better.

Thank Susan F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Candle 79 last night for the second time this week. I ordered a mixed drink and received a drink of just fruit juice and very little to no tequila that was supposed to be in the mixed drink. When we complained to...More

2  Thank abm8882016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vegetarian and Vegan. The maitre'd was arrogant which was not a good start. There was a constant feeling of rush so they could turn the tables. Food was tasty and presentation was generally good. Mezze platter $17 was fine. Moroccan spiced chickpea cake $22 looked...More

Thank JNWSuisse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect for a business lunch as it's quiet. There is an upstairs but we were in the main area. Enjoyed a flatbread with pesto, roasted tomoatoes, cauliflower, topped with arugula and truffle oil $16 - perfect to share, two small pieces each. Delicious!! The avacado...More

Thank Tiny_Bubbles007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not actually vegan but have plenty of friends who are either vegetarian or vegan, and this place is the best vegan restaurant I have ever eaten at in the world. My most recent visit was for my birthday, and as usual there is...More

Thank Ricky L
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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