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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 good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seitan” (83 reviews)
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“polenta fries” (28 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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154 E 79th St, Frnt 3R, New York City, NY 10075-0423
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything about our visit was fabulous. Most notably The Mezze Platter and the fried cauliflower. The polenta fries were amazing also. Great ambiance, wine list and service.

Thank cmccarty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Live one block from restaurant. Frequent often. Food always good. Service unfortunately quite poor and often very slow! Host/hostess not professional.

Thank Didinoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't been here in quite some. My lady friend asked me to take her on Father's Day. We shared an appetizer of steamed dumplings. For a main I had a black bean burger with avocado salad. My lady friend had a crepe with mushrooms...More

Thank Marc S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not a vegan but ended up going to this restaurant for lunch because someone in our party was. Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. Truly worth a visit if you are in the Upper East Side. Walking distance from Central Park...More

Thank benwack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reservation ready. Service amazing and the food was inspiring and delicious. An amazing visit and one I will make again and again.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a Celiac and Vegan, it is often hard for me to get a good gluten-free and vegan meal. And I yearn to be able to enjoy nice restaurant surroundings and not a "cafe". So when my husband asked where I wanted to celebrate my...More

1  Thank LMFMarlboro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a morning at the Metropolitan Museum we searched Trip Advisor and decided to take the short walk to Candle 79. It was an excellent choice. We are from Portland, Oregon and are used to good food and will go out to vegetarian restaurants every...More

Thank Frank H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

one of the best vegan and organic restaurants I've been to. definitely worth going. food is amazing and so tasty. one of my must go back places each time to nyc.

Thank kristyrebecca
Reviewed 19 June 2017

My husband and I came here to experience what an all vegetarian restaurant has to offer and we were not disappointed. We typically go to restaurants where we have two or three veggie options, which is so incredibly frustrating. This was a breath of fresh...More

Thank Devster14
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Restaurant receives generally high marks, but we were disappointed. Waiter was inattentive - 30+ minutes for drinks - an disorganized. Food was OK, not great. Perhaps we came on an off night...

1  Thank Thomas T
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
12:00 - 15:30
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12:00 - 15:30
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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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