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Candle Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Upper East Side
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1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
+1 212-472-7169
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First time here. Chose this for the gluten-free menu and was pretty disappointed in the portion. Ordered the 'Build It' salad and it tasted fine but it was more like a side salad except for $12.00. Now I have to get to get something to eat.

Thank Greg B
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great!! I would definitely recommend heading over there is you love vegan food, or just food food. They have a wide selection of things to eat but the menu isn't too large and overwhelming - it's just right. Good smoothie and shake selection! The staff were very welcoming and hospitable - they made a solo diner feel... More 

Thank bellecamm
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They slightly changed the game recently when they renovated the space. While it looks good it fails on a comfort level so basic - heat. No excuse they have been around the block a few times so deciding on few heat sources, and no barrier from the caustic chill in the air at the door seems arrogant at best. It... More 

Thank 3galsontour
New York City, New York
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited Candle Cafe and its sister higher end restaurant Candle 79 several times. The cafe is a nice mid priced option for vegetarians, vegans and anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions. The offer a wide variety of options from soups, salads, appetizers, small plates sandwiches and main courses as well as a juice bar and wine and... More 

Thank Robert T
Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best Cafe I have visit so far. Of course - New York have many options for a vegan. But do your self a favour - do visit this place. The food is amazing - for the taste - for the eye - for the soul. You will not be dissapointed. Promise you.

Thank Ella L
Saugus, Massachusetts
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156 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe their menu. Everything is Vegan. I travel a lot for work and I'm always on the hunt for Vegan food. This place caught my attention after talking with a colleague and holy crap it was amazing. New York has so many Vegan restaurants to try and this one is a MUST! I ordered Spicy Avocado Tacos as... More 

Thank dmarvel89
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Come for lunch, stay for dessert. How anything vegan and gluten-free can taste this delicious is beyond me! Service was friendly and fast and the decor is simple, clean, and inviting.

Thank bri9az
new york
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I dare you to order something off the menu that you aren't sure about. Especially if you are an inexperienced vegan. Chances are, you will be rewarded greatly. Tonight I had the pomegranate-glazed seitan brisket with mashed potatoes and veges. I could have licked the plate after eating it clean. There are "common" menu items like mushroom risotto which are... More 

Thank fpathdoc
Pawling, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The staff was very nice and helpful. The food was excellent. Loved the carrot cake in a waffle. Will go back again next visit to NYC.

Thank pattie403
New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was my third visit to the Candle Cafe, a casual place with minimalist decor, good vegetarian fare. I miss the old menu which had better variety, but the avocado tacos were enjoyable as was the black bean burger.. Candle Cafe West and Candle 79 are definitely more upscale with broader menu offerings, but for a quick bite out, Candle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10021-3301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-472-7169

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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