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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 4 days ago via mobile

I visited this restaurant with my mother and daughter and we all loved it! Not the cheapest but well worth the experience as the food is amazing! The decor is basic but doesn't matter as the service is friendly and efficient and as I've just...More

Thank figgy001
Reviewed 1 week ago

... and I tend to agree. Service was great, and help with the wine selection was good as well. While we are not totally vegan, we are mostly eating vegan food at home and in local restaurants back at home, as our two daughters are...More

Thank Amir G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chose the restraunt because of our vegan brother in law. The food was delicious and the service was good. A bit expansive for vegan food but worth the price.

1  Thank yanivyu1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the staff was friendly, the food selection wide, the meals very, very delicious (consistently). The complexity of the recipes is what makes Cafe 79 so unique. The food can't be duplicated at home!

1  Thank Jacqueline S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great vegan restaurant to celebrate a family member's 60th Birthday. We made a reservation for the dining area upstairs, which has a lovely ambience and is quiet enough for good conversation. The food was excellent and healthy. We had them bring a...More

Thank Sarathema
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for excellent food but tired of steakhouses and ethnic choices eat here. Everything was wonderful and satisfying. The three of us shared 2 appetizers, we each had an entree and one dessert was plenty for the two of us who wanted...More

1  Thank islandgirl88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend this place for everyone. If you're a vegan who's trying to convert your friend then this would be the place. I am a big meat and fish eater (please don't lynch me vegans) but if I could eat food like this...More

1  Thank Axel K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I had diner there to celebrate our first anniversary. I mentioned this fact when making reservations and they welcomed us with: " happy anniversary", which was very thoughtful. The menu was well thought off and there was enough to choose from without...More

2  Thank Eva23675
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food served with impeccable service that was attentive, we shared the nachos and they tasted amazing I can't stop thinking about them. The desserts were also amazing, its a little pricey but for the service and meal provided it was worth every penny! Hope...More

2  Thank Olivia S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never miss going to Candle 79 when I am in town. The food is original, tasty, and varied. The service is friendly. The environment is wonderful if you want to have a quiet dinner. The only drawback is limited restrooms-- one stall each for...More

1  Thank MWM880
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 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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