An offshoot of the Candle Café which has been a go-to vegetarian venue in Manhattan since 1984, Candle 79 opened in 2003 to wide acclaim yet sticking to the same philosophy: “To share our passion of vegan, organic, and seasonal cuisine, while eliminating dependence on animals as a food source and minimizing our carbon footprint”.
Candle 79 is a warmly elegant escape in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A duplex with floor to ceiling windows not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers superior alternatives to institutional cafeteria food with attentive service and some of the best organic vegan cuisine in NYC.
Don’t miss their Seitan (wheat gluten) Picatta served with mouth watering lemon-caper sauce, velvety creamed spinach, lavishly prepared oyster mushrooms and perfectly carmelized shallot mashed potatoes. Or try a side of polenta (boiled cornmeal) fries. Truly to die for!
Their local ingredients come from as many as 10 small farms throughout the metropolitan area. Entrees are complemented by a wide selection of organic and biodynamic juices, wines, beers, and innovative sake cocktails. Desserts include tart yet sweet peach and cherry parfaits with granola and port reductions. Even after the tables are cleared, food waste isn’t merely thrown out but composted.
photo courtesy of Candle 79