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Posted by Happy muncher on 05/24/2014
The reviews for Candle 79 are 4 stars? So when my wife and I ventured there we had high hopes for excellent vegan fare. Wrong! The food seems universally bland. As if prepared at a school training for sous chefs. The cauliflower soup tasteless. Was cauliflower really in there? Though the wee gourmet size garlic bread was not so bad. The main course of spinach ravioli was three flat round pieces of ravioli with some spinach inside, some mixed vegetables underneath,kinda hidden from view, all for a mere $24. The brownie dessert with vanilla ice cream that uh crumbled, actually was a tasty brownie. So, perhaps go for dessert. Omg. Please don't give me the bill!
Posted by Artemisia on 05/14/2013
Great place for flavorful vegetables -- if you like kale (I do), this is definitely your place. Even meat-eaters will find food they like here.. Seitan dishes particularly good. Seasonings a strength! Here's the minus -- service, which used to be good here, has taken a plunge. Waitperson may walk off as you are trying to give an order. White wine -- don't let them chill it away from table; you'll never see it until you ask. (Then you'll be asked, "well, do you want me to fill your glass??" as though you weren't all sitting there with empty glasses.) This can happen repeatedly! If you can restrain the waitperson and complete an order, and convince them to leave the wine with you, you'll like the place.
Posted by Vic of NYC on 02/14/2013
The reasons why people become vegitarian are as many as are vegitarians. One fact that's undeniable is that being vegitarian doesn't keep people from getting fat or having heart attacks. As for me, I'm an avid cyclist (1,300 MPY) and strong advocate of the Dean Ornish plan. My reason for eating vegitarian is for my health and longevity - and that means not only no meat, but "no fat". I was so excited when my wife brought me to Candle 79 for an anniversary. Little did I know how much fat they use in thier menu! From Avocado puree to sauted Setien, by the time we left my head and stomach were knotted from a debauchery of fats. My brain litterally felt as sluggish as if I'd just downed a quart of heavy creme. Oh how I long to find a vegitarian restaurant that I truly can say is healthful.
Posted by Swithin on 01/26/2013
I'm not vegetarian or vegan, but I do like to eat that way on occasion. Candle 79 is a comfortable restaurant serving pretty good, though overpriced, food. I enjoyed my three courses. I had the artichoke salad special appetizer and the spaghetti with wheat balls, though at that price the pasta portion could have been more generous. We all enjoyed our desserts. It is expensive, but for those souls who are dedicated vegans/vegetarians, it's a nice option, though upstairs (where we dined) is definitely preferable to street level.
Posted by Katie on 06/20/2012
The nuevos rancheros for brunch rocked my vegan dining world. Several solid lunch and dinner options.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2012
The food and table service is truly outstanding at Candle 79, and keeps me going; even though the hostesses (at least the two I see there regularly) at the front are unpleasant. Couldn't be more contradictory to the attentive care from all the waiters (including the mixologist at the bar who is fantastic). Fit for all foodies: vegan/vegetarian or not.
Posted by CLARE on 10/29/2011
Great atmosphere and lighting. Cocktails (with and without alcohol) and wine list impressive. Food was inventive and delicious and impressed my very non-vegan guests so much they said they would go back again! I am not a fan of seitan (Satan according to one friend) but the brussel sprout salad was amazing as was the mushroom risotto and the vegetable nori rolls. the raw vegan pumpkin pie with huckleberry ice-cream was incredible! will definitely try and make this at home. sadly i dont live in nyc otherwise I would eat here weekly great for a date or special dinner with friends