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Candle 79

154 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021 40.774809 -73.958643
at Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-537-7179 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Health Food, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Sat, noon-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Catering


  • Full Bar




The low-key elegance of Candle 79, its bi-level spread tuned by feng shui, can suggest the commissary of a high-end spa. An attractive Upper East Side clientele comes for healthy, organic, all-vegetarian meals, with menus that shift with the seasons. The hummus appetizer has a dense texture and a smoky flavor, served with flaky paratha bread. Among the salads, the arugula is a standout, with hearts of palm and earthy pine nuts connected by the sharp bite of a rosemary-balsamic dressing. Entrées tend toward hearty grains, and the chili-grilled seitan is complimented by sautéed chard and comes with an avocado-pumpkin seed salad. A spin-off of the original Candle Café, this nearby sequel is more sophisticated, its two floors marked by romantic low lights and plush seats. Downstairs features a long bar for sampling an impressive selection of organic wines and low-profile beers.


Sat., noon-3:30 p.m.; Sun., noon—4 p.m.; $32 prix-fixe