Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, Gluten-free Restaurant, and Juice Bar$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
138 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • sandwiches
  • smoothies
  • cozy
  • casual
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rex D.
    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)
  • Joanne K.
    Joanne KimJune 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!
  • 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!
  • Martin B.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Alvin N.
    Alvin NgAugust 18, 2014
    Tried the dumplings, kale and crispy cajun salad and they're all yummy! Might come back for another meal before I fly back to Australia!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseMay 15, 2015
    Vegan BLT on gluten free bread was AWESOME & we got some green juice that was super refreshing with mint... 💚
  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen DeGeneresSeptember 9, 2010
    Grab a bite to eat at Candle Café while you’re in the neighborhood. They have amazing vegan cuisine that’s fresh from the farm to the table.
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoApril 12, 2015
    Vegetarian food. Vegan Carrot cake was phenomenal - still wondering how they made that "cream cheese"
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaAugust 20, 2014
    Definitely get the mac and cheese!! Also get the chocolate mousse. Our waiter recommended it by calling it "redonky-donk"
  • Christina C.
    I'm not vegan but the seitan sandwich was very good and sweet potato fries!
  • Chantae V.
    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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle 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
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 5, 2015
    I've only been here for the drinks. Love the mango lassi, pear-fection & the Green detox smoothie.
  • Natalia
    NataliaFebruary 2, 2013
    I never thought vegan food could be this good! Porcini Crusted Seitan is so delicious it's almost obcene :)
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    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
  • Dorothy M.
    Dorothy MDecember 19, 2010
    If you don't have a reservation, put your name on the list and be patient. The food is 100% worth the wait
  • Anna M.
    Anna MurphyMarch 29, 2010
    Get a shot of wheat grass, the Cajun Seitan sandwich and Carrot Cake. Makes for a guaranteed good time.
  • John P.
    John PaterakisDecember 22, 2014
    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.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BelskyAugust 12, 2011
    Say hi to mehdi, and my favorite dish is Tofu Club with soy cheese. Amazing
  • Alyssa Y.
    Alyssa YeagerJune 5, 2010
    Not just vegetarian, this restaurant is entirely vegan. Surprise! You would never know that the cheese on the fab Tuscan Seitan Parmesan Sandwich is not dairy cheese, or that the seitan is not meat.
  • Charlene
    CharleneJanuary 14, 2010
    Definitely order the Carrot Cake if they have it. The Indian Plate special is always a safe choice.
  • Benita H.
    Benita HasemberAugust 9, 2014
    Very good place , green smoothie detox its amazing.
  • Dara B.
    Dara BassinMarch 26
    Cajun sandwich amazing, so is everything else on the menu
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HurleyAugust 19, 2015
    The Mexican Lasagne was flavorful and complex. I wanted more more more.
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PetrieJune 19, 2013
    I had the Indian platter and a smoothie - both were awesome!!!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithOctober 16, 2015
    Vegan pasta made with cadge is delicious!!!
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GregoryFebruary 9, 2014
    One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Gothamist and CBS New York
  • Vicki S.
    Vicki StarlightApril 24, 2010
    This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in America. Great cookbook too.
  • Kara B.
    Kara BrookJuly 8, 2011
    I love setien chimichuri but the indian plate is tops!! Best vegan restaurant in NYC!
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 10, 2013
    Try the Tuscan Lasagna - #vegan ricotta hits the spot.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 24
    Avocado BLT with tempeh bacon is perfect for lunch.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MarronFebruary 25
    Nice sandwiches - maybe not up to the hype. Truffle fries good too
  • Isabella S.
    Isabella SerraniMay 29, 2013
    I always eat the Cajun Seitan Sandwich!! (Ask for extra aioli)
  • Julz D.
    Julz DonaldFebruary 5, 2012
    The food is amazing here, and there is a great buzz...worth waiting.
  • Melissa F.
    I'm a vegetarian so this place is a dream come true...but since it's really expensive I can't come often
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