Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe

(Now Closed)
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, Gluten-Free Restaurant, and Juice Bar$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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  • Emily M.heart icon on user image
    Emily MarxFebruary 1, 2019
    Never disappoints. My favorites are the nachos and Cajun sandwich. I recently tried the black bean mac n cheese burger for lunch. The mac n cheese tasted very real.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    Serving up vegan cuisine before juice bars infiltrated the city, this spot will satisfy your carnivorous friends too. Try the rich (cream free!) corn chowder and the ginger vegetable stir-fry.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 18, 2010
    Some of the best Vegetarian on the Upper East Side. Try the porcini crusted seitan with mashed potatoes, the portions are generous and you won’t leave hungry. Try their sister restaurant up the street
  • Shahrzad S.heart icon on user image
    Shahrzad ShamsOctober 22, 2017
    Dope restaurant with delicious vegan dishes. Definitely try queseida, the Coco date shake is the best and the Southern Dish and Temphe empanadas for the main. Love this place!
  • Joanne P.heart icon on user image
    Joanne PangJune 10, 2015
    Looking for fresh, flavorful, and healthy fare in the UES? Look no farther! Echoing everyone else, I loved the cajun seitan sandwich! Looking forward to my return trip already!
  • Martin B.heart icon on user image
    Martin BDecember 29, 2014
    One of the most amazing vegetarian/vegan places I have been to. Highly recommended. The Tofu club and the tempeh were just awesome! Good organic IPA available as well.
  • Rex D.heart icon on user image
    Rex DowJune 4, 2013
    A great all organic/vegan restaurant on the Upper East Side. Loved the Ginger Miso Stir Fry with Pinkus Hefe-Weizen beer (claiming to be the world's oldest organic brewer - from Germany)
  • Tom A.heart icon on user image
    Tom AdamsDecember 14, 2018
    Cozy little spot on the UES for a coffee and a vegan bite. Mix those with a charismatic server and you’ve got a real gem. Highly recommend.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    If you aren't up for a meal, their juice bar is a must-try. You can't get much healthier and environmentally conscious than Candle Cafe. Read more
  • Erin B.
    Erin BaileyFebruary 11, 2012
    This place is amazing. The food is so good. Even if you're not a vegan or even a vegetarian, you can find something you'll like here. And they put your leftovers in a cute little box!
  • Burger Weekly
    Burger WeeklyJanuary 9, 2014 The sheet of fake cheese made my burger more familiar at first, but after a few bites it was blatant overkill. Still, the seitan patty was decent.
  • Ali R.heart icon on user image
    Ali RoseMay 15, 2015
    Vegan BLT on gluten free bread was AWESOME & we got some green juice that was super refreshing with mint... 💚
  • Vivian V.heart icon on user image
    Vivian VoApril 12, 2015
    Vegetarian food. Vegan Carrot cake was phenomenal - still wondering how they made that "cream cheese"
  • Athleta
    AthletaOctober 14, 2011
    Hungry? You’re just steps from New York City’s vegan fine-dining landmark, Candle 79, and the more casual Candle Café, which makes a mean tempeh BLT. -- Melisse Gelula, Well + Good
  • Leanne A.heart icon on user image
    Leanne AlyssaAugust 20, 2014
    Definitely get the mac and cheese!! Also get the chocolate mousse. Our waiter recommended it by calling it "redonky-donk"
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 18, 2013
    With lots of boldly-spiced vegan style food, we think we may have finally found a vegan restaurant that can satisfy even most adamant carnivores.
  • Chantae V.heart icon on user image
    Chantae VetriceNovember 18, 2013
    The staff are super friendly and the food is very fresh. I ordered the ginger-miso stir fry and oh man! Delicious!!!
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungMay 16, 2013
    BBQ Tempeh and Sweet Potato Sandwich for the win. Comes with a delicious ranch-like sauce. Vegan heaven! Must return.
  • Yana G.heart icon on user image
    Quesadilla , Mexican Lasagna , and cauliflower steak are the best !
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinMay 9, 2016
    I'm not vegan but the seitan sandwich was very good and sweet potato fries!
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesJune 4, 2017
    Pricey but the food is incredible. Seitan burger with mushrooms is yummy (and healthy ish? Kinda?)
  • Physique 57
    Physique 57May 26, 2011
    The fresh fruit crumb pie is a must-have dessert here– they use seasonal fruit so it changes all the time and of course get it a la mode with soy ice cream.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 13, 2011
    You can't go wrong with either the cajun seitan sandwich or the paradise casserole. Even the meat lovers can't resist the dishes here.
  • Christina N.heart icon on user image
    Christina NawabiDecember 19, 2014
    Pricy and not-so-large portions. The quesadilla and indian wrap appetizers were flavorful and delicious. The dumplings weren't as good.
  • Andrew R.heart icon on user image
    Andrew RoseOctober 26, 2019
    Terrific sangria!! The staff was very nice and knowledgeable about allergens in the kitchen
  • Luca M.
    Luca MessinaMarch 6, 2013
    Highly recommend the sweet potato pie smoothie, you won't regret it! Tofu club on whole grain was great too.
  • Saga U.heart icon on user image
    Saga UndénOctober 13, 2016
    Amazing food and super friendly staff! Don't order the coffee though.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BrownMarch 12, 2011
    Everything is fantastic; I've had the Living Crunchy Sprout salad and the Magical Miso soup, both great. Don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu...
  • Aditi L.heart icon on user image
    Aditi LuthraOctober 10, 2018
    One of the best vegan entrees I’ve had! I’d skip the flu fighter though if you don’t want to drink carrots
  • Lucia G.
    Lucia GutierrezOctober 22, 2012
    For my 1st vegan experience I gotta say I enjoyed this place...the strawberry limeade was very good...tangy but good
  • Adrienne B.
    Adrienne BorgersenOctober 27, 2011
    I love and hate that this place is always crowded. Everything on the menu is delish. I only wish they delivered to the west side!
  • ᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ ElliotApril 24, 2015
    The sweet potato fries didn't taste right; the spring rolls were a great starter, and we could barely did the tempeh in the tempeh BLT. Might've just been a bad day - other times were better
  • Nataliaheart icon on user image
    NataliaFebruary 2, 2013
    I never thought vegan food could be this good! Porcini Crusted Seitan is so delicious it's almost obcene :)
  • Scott B.
    Scott BelskyAugust 12, 2011
    Say hi to mehdi, and my favorite dish is Tofu Club with soy cheese. Amazing
  • John P.heart icon on user image
    John PaterakisDecember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Terrific food, but the secret is out: it can sometimes take quite a while to get a table.
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartSeptember 18, 2014
    Amazing vegan food with a great selection and variety. Can't wait to come back.
  • Benita H.
    Benita HasemberAugust 9, 2014
    Very good place , green smoothie detox its amazing.
  • Dara B.heart icon on user image
    Dara BassinMarch 26, 2016
    Cajun sandwich amazing, so is everything else on the menu
  • Catarina S.
    Catarina SchallenbachNovember 16, 2017
    Such good food.. quesadilla is delicious . the price though:/
  • Stephane W.
    Stephane WenricApril 27, 2018
    the fried seitan in the southern plate is really so-so, but the collard greens are good
  • David G.
    David GoldbergMay 30, 2014
    Omg get a side of quinoa with agave and cinnamon for breakfast. It's amazing
  • Patrick H.heart icon on user image
    Patrick HurleyAugust 19, 2015
    The Mexican Lasagne was flavorful and complex. I wanted more more more.
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel SmithOctober 16, 2015
    Vegan pasta made with cadge is delicious!!!
  • Olga K.heart icon on user image
    Olga K.September 4, 2017
    Eggplant napoleon is a thing to try!
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeApril 15, 2018
    Crepe and lox bagel (with bacon tempeh) for breakfast
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    Discounts available for all Fall IINto Action Conference participants! See our healthy restaurant guide for more info. Make sure to give IIN a shout when you check in! Read more
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tuscan Lasagna - #vegan ricotta hits the spot.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 8, 2014
    Yeah, its pricey, but SO worth it. And they deliver. Treat yourself.
  • Pierre
    PierreOctober 28, 2017
    Order and pick up. Don’t stay: we sat and ordered then waited for a long time. When we asked where the food was, we were told there had been a lot of pickup orders. Service was inattentive anyway.
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PetrieJune 19, 2013
    I had the Indian platter and a smoothie - both were awesome!!!
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