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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
12:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll 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 2 days 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 days 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 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second visit- this time for dinner. How nice to have so many delicious gf offerings. I ordered the wild mushroom crepe. Fantastic! So was dessert crepe. Can’t wait to go back!

Thank moconnie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fabulous meal here in late December. The atmosphere is warm and cosy,Staff were wonderful & attentive but not overbearing. The food is the definite winner here. We had a full three course meal and wine, and everything was delicious. I am vegetarian and...More

Thank Beckha D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was probably the worst dining experience I've ever had in my lifetime for a number of reasons I felt I had to share on TripAdvisor. If I could give this place 0/5 I would. My mum and I are both vegetarians and, having previously...More

Thank AmbiS29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vegetarians will be lifted to new heights and meat eaters will be amazed by the complexity of flavor. I shared a lunch with two friends on a frigid day in NY, seated cozily upstairs in a quiet corner. We ordered three entrees and each was...More

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Joined some vegan friends for dinner at Candle 79. The food is good, but it's crowded and noisy. I wasn't sure about some of the items on the menu, but enjoyed everything I tasted. My vegan friends were very pleased with the meal. The portobello...More

Thank WestchesterP2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure if all of the positive reviewers were at the same restaurant that I visited. To start off this is a small, dumpy restaurant that charges very high prices for cheap vegetables. The mushroom crepe at lunch time was $24. It had primarily...More

Thank Ramadama
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Been here 4-5 times in less than a year. Love it! the timbali is awesome, the raw lasagna delicious and the desserts are fantastic!!!! highly strongly recommended!!!

Thank rafpp
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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