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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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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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

If you go at brunch it’s perfect because you can choose from the brunch or lunch menu. Sweet or savory. Lots of choices. Delicious vegan food. Great service.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Diane Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Girls weekend in NYC and we landed here for lunch. None of us are vegan, but the food was delicious. The portions were huge. The hardest part was trying to decide what to order. Lots of veggies (of course) - we tried several dishes and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank janalynn5255
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The famous Candle 79 did not disappoint. Delicious food, perfectly prepared and exceptional service. Travelled many hours to get here and it was worth the trip.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank vegan436
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are not vegetarians, but we were on the Upper East Side and we wanted a good place for lunch - this was our first visit. We were seated upstairs at a cozy table by the window. We each ordered a different "burger" - mine...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 493Ron
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been coming here for more than the 10 years I have lived in the city. Always fun, always great times and simply good vegan food. The service is great and by far some of the best vegan meals Ive had. Thanks for doing...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ladyjanenyny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, quick for my lunch the other day- varied cuisine menu. Fresh is key in their menu items. Had a very tasty bbq seitan appetizer that was frankly big enough for a meal- with a side salad with fresh pomegranate seeds. Skipped the spicy...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank starsky18
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had friends in from Germany. They’re vegan so we chose Candle 79. It was so fantastic! The food was exceptionally delicious and the service was first class. The hostess was Brandy and our server was Steven: both were delightful.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank LadiesVoices
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We visited for dinner in the early evening and were impressed with the service and quality of the food. We ordered a bottle of wine from the menu and were very pleased with the overall ambience in the restaurant. However, you do have to brace...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Paul P
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Food was prepared and presented in top class. Waiters were inattentive and ineffective. When we look at somewhat average sized portions and lack of surprises or twists in taste the experience was quite ordinary and thereby too expensive.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Bedste2
Reviewed 21 October 2018

We booked a table at the restaurant because of the many wonderful experiences in the past. Unfortunately, I can’t tell that today’s visit was the best one. We arrived a few minutes before 5:00pm, at 4:50pm to be precise, and entered the restaurant. And 3...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EarlyRetirementAbroa
Upper East Side
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stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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17:30 - 22:30
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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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