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CANDLE 79

154 East 79th Street
Manhattan, NY   USA
Phone: (212) 537-7179

         
    NEIGHBORHOOD: Upper East Side.
    CATEGORY: FULLY VEGAN.
    HOURS: Mon - Sat: 12 Noon - 3:30pm and 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 12 Noon - 4pm and 5pm - 10pm.
    DESCRIPTION: Candle 79 is a warmly elegant organic vegan escape in the heart of Manhattan's Upper East side, where "all's well that eats well". It's the latest venture of Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson, proprietors of the famous Candle Café. Combining creative, beautifully presented, delicious organic vegan cuisine with gracious, knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space, Candle 79 is at the forefront of a movement to bring the concepts of "local", "seasonal", "organic", and "vegan" into the culinary mainstream.
    CUISINE: Organic, Vegan, Seasonal.
    SERVICE: Full Service, Counter, Take-out and Catering.
    SPECIALTIES: Seitan Piccata, Morel Crusted Tempeh, Spring Vegetable Risotto with Preserved Lemon, Chocolate Mousse Tower, Live Cherry-Nut Crumble Parfait.
    FEATURES: Duplex space, gorgeous picture window overlooking 79th Street, cozy booths, all-organic wine and sake bar, French doors open in summer. Serving lovingly created food fresh "from farm to table", purchased from local organic farms and small businesses, Chefs Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda have converted more than a few non-vegetarians with their vibrantly flavored signature dishes, like "seitan piccata", "live coconut pad thai", decadent "Mexican chocolate brownie", and countless others. The wonderful food is perfectly complemented by a wide selection of the freshest organic juices, wines, beers, and innovative sake cocktails. The staff is knowledgeable and sincere, and will go to great lengths to accommodate special dietary needs; for example, a full gluten-free menu is available upon request.

On a recent evening at Candle 79, four generations of the same family gathered for dinner. As Joy watched a lady feed her youngest great-grandchild her first taste of Edamame, she breathed a sigh of contentment. "This is what it's all about," she said, "feeding the community; body, mind and spirit." This kind of caring and hospitality has helped create a sought after organic venue for intimate dinners, lazy Sunday brunches (complete with vegan pancakes!), fund raisers, parties, mothers and children lunches, and weddings, topped off with snow-white vegan wedding cakes showered with roses. The restaurant will even cater parties and events for six to three hundred guests at off-site venues.

    NON-SMOKING: Our restaurant is completely non-smoking.
    RESERVATIONS: Recommended.
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      DISCOUNT:
Yes, we're pleased to be part of the VegDining Card program. VegDining Card Participant
We offer a 10% discount to VegDining Card holders on food and non-alcoholic beverage orders.
    CREDIT CARDS: We accept American Express, Diner's Club, MasterCard and Visa.
    DIRECTIONS: Parking Garage: 79th Street Parking (entrance on East 80th Street between Park and Madison)

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      LOCATIONS:
1307 Third Avenue (Candle Café)
    WEB SITE: Click here for our web site


 
    COMMENTS FROM VegDining.com VISITORS:  
"Candle 79 is the upscale sister restaurant to Candle Café. Candle 79 is not only a calming, attractive place to dine but the food is spectacular. Every dish is delicious. All ingredients are organic and mostly locally grown. Seitan skewers (appetizer) and Seitan Picatta (entrée) are my favorites. They have some lovely organic wines and beers. Their cocktails, mostly made with sake, are not to be missed. Make sure to leave room for one of their tantalizing desserts."
MM
New York, NY
USA
 
"Candle 79 is by far the best vegan restaurant. It's like vegan dining at Le Cirque! The food is top quality, the dishes are extraordinarily creative, the presentations are a work of art, and the service leaves one lacking for nothing. I've converted many a hard-core carnivore while dining in booth 32!"
MMx
New York, NY
USA
 
"This restaurant has such good vegan desserts that we ordered 3 of them for 2 people. Also, check out the organic dessert wines, they are the best I have found anywhere."
JR
Boca Raton, FL
USA
 

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