Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, Gluten-free Restaurant, and Juice Bar$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
142 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • sandwiches
  • smoothies
  • cozy
  • casual
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  • 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)
    Upvoted Feb 18
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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... 💚
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinMay 9, 2016
    I'm not vegan but the seitan sandwich was very good and sweet potato fries!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Natalia
    NataliaFebruary 2, 2013
    I never thought vegan food could be this good! Porcini Crusted Seitan is so delicious it's almost obcene :)
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 5, 2015
    I've only been here for the drinks. Love the mango lassi, pear-fection & the Green detox smoothie.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Saga U.
    Saga UndénOctober 13, 2016
    Amazing food and super friendly staff! Don't order the coffee though.
  • 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
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartSeptember 18, 2014
    Amazing vegan food with a great selection and variety. Can't wait to come back.
  • John P.
    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.
  • Benita H.
    Benita HasemberAugust 9, 2014
    Very good place , green smoothie detox its amazing.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BelskyAugust 12, 2011
    Say hi to mehdi, and my favorite dish is Tofu Club with soy cheese. Amazing
  • 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
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PetrieJune 19, 2013
    I had the Indian platter and a smoothie - both were awesome!!!
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GregoryFebruary 9, 2014
    One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Gothamist and CBS New York
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HurleyAugust 19, 2015
    The Mexican Lasagne was flavorful and complex. I wanted more more more.
  • Dara B.
    Dara BassinMarch 26, 2016
    Cajun sandwich amazing, so is everything else on the menu
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 10, 2013
    Try the Tuscan Lasagna - #vegan ricotta hits the spot.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithOctober 16, 2015
    Vegan pasta made with cadge is delicious!!!
  • Isabella S.
    Isabella SerraniMay 29, 2013
    I always eat the Cajun Seitan Sandwich!! (Ask for extra aioli)
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 24, 2016
    Avocado BLT with tempeh bacon is perfect for lunch.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 8, 2014
    Yeah, its pricey, but SO worth it. And they deliver. Treat yourself.
  • Kara B.
    Kara BrookJuly 8, 2011
    I love setien chimichuri but the indian plate is tops!! Best vegan restaurant in NYC!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MarronFebruary 25, 2016
    Nice sandwiches - maybe not up to the hype. Truffle fries good too
  • Julz D.
    Julz DonaldFebruary 5, 2012
    The food is amazing here, and there is a great buzz...worth waiting.
  • Ami S.
    Ami ShahNovember 16, 2011
    Great food! The iced tea is especially refreshing and delicious
  • David G.
    David GoldbergMay 30, 2014
    Omg get a side of quinoa with agave and cinnamon for breakfast. It's amazing
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 24, 2011
    Think Vegetarian cooking is boring? Well not anymore. Outstanding!!!! You won't miss the meat.
  • Michel W.
    Michel W.November 14, 2011
    Seitan Shimishuri is truly delicious. Ice tea is super refreshing too.
  • 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.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DoskowDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cajun Seitan Sandwich is the best sandwich ever invented.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordJuly 4, 2016
    I'm a vegetarian so this place is a dream come true...but since it's really expensive I can't come often
  • stephanie
    stephanieFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the seitan chimichurri is awesome. i get it every time!
  • 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.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BauerFebruary 9, 2016
    Everything - you can't go wrong!
  • Myrtille B.
    Myrtille BouletJune 13, 2013
    Stir fry tofu with miso-ginger sauce is to die for !
  • Pranav K.
    Pranav KuberMarch 23, 2013
    Everything is very fresh. Excellent service.
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah E.October 9, 2012
    Save room for the Carrot Cake--YUM. So delicious!
  • Jase
    JaseNovember 19, 2010
    Seitan chimichurri is the BEST and don't forget a smoothie!
  • Will M.
    Will McMahanJanuary 25
    Really tasty lunch for 2 (1 sandwich, 1 small pate, and 2 drinks), was $50-60.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserSeptember 9, 2015
    The Date coconut shake is amazing.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 27, 2014
    Try the ginger miso stir fry!
  • Sylvia L.
    Sylvia LewisJuly 30, 2013
    #peachstrawberrysangria, #guacamole #quesadilla awesome!
  • Yvette W.
    Yvette WestApril 9, 2011
    Best Vegan restaurant on the UES! I eat here all the time!
  • Charlene
    CharleneJanuary 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely order the Carrot Cake if they have it. The Indian Plate special is always a safe choice.
  • Mariya D.
    Mariya D.January 11, 2014
    The tofu entree is amazing
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 5, 2012
    Try the Walnut Encrusted Tofu
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 5, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake - #vegan
  • Vicki S.
    Vicki StarlightApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in America. Great cookbook too.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AraujoJuly 29, 2014
    The best restaurant I've been in many many years...
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HAugust 10, 2014
    Great vegan food, good prices
  • Ashita M.
    Ashita MehtaMay 31, 2011
    The sweet potato pie is an amazing drink!!
  • Ceejay M.
    Ceejay MaroulisSeptember 12, 2011
    try their barbeque seitan sandwich. :)
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 5, 2012
    Try the porcini crusted seitan
  • Jason T.
    Jason TranJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tuscan Seitan Parmesan Sandwich is to DIE FOR
  • Jason T.
    Jason TranJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tuscan Seitan Sandwich is DELICIOUS!!!!!
  • Kristina
    KristinaFebruary 25, 2011
    Paradise casserole is amazing. Love love love!
  • VirtuallyVegan
    VirtuallyVeganFebruary 8, 2015
    We're fans of the seitan chimichurry!
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieJune 4, 2012
    Order the cajun seitan sandwich.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the lemon ginseng iced tea
  • halalbite
    halalbiteAugust 2, 2015
    Cajun sandwich is excellent
  • Anya S.
    Anya SarangJanuary 26, 2015
    Porchini crusted seitan 💚
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon McNultyApril 2, 2015
    Eggplant Napoleon
  • Christine A.
    Christine ArboledaJuly 1, 2015
    Cozy and delicious
  • Amy L.
    Amy L.July 17, 2012
    Delicious vegan sandwiches and smoothies.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanMarch 16, 2013
    Try the Cold And Flu Remedy - #health #juice
  • Leo F.
    Leo FallonOctober 15, 2010
    Power food for power meetings! Quite a cozy place in the UES.
  • Marne
    MarneMay 21, 2010
    Cajun Seitan sandwich is tops! Not too spicy...
  • mark r.
    mark rothFebruary 10, 2010
    Bartender michael is a king. Great recommendations for casserole and choc. Mousse
  • Rebecca J.
    Rebecca JohnsonAugust 4, 2012
    Take a juice break at the Candle Cafe bar.
  • Dianna K.
    Dianna KJanuary 19, 2014
    seitan chimichurri was good, then it went down hill. not very impressed and cookies missed the mark. slow service :/
  • J
    JMay 1, 2013
    Try the steak, said no one here ever.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonJune 6, 2015
    I think this place is far better than candle 79 for veggie food
  • Kim O.
    Kim OczkowskiFebruary 17, 2013
    Don't get almond milk in coffee-- a curdling disaster!!!!!!!!
  • Vicki S.
    Vicki StarlightNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Candle's cool book is fabulous too!
  • Susie D.
    Susie DickerDecember 18, 2010
    Try the Paradise Casserole for some healthy comfort food!
  • Kristy V.
    Kristy VasquezFebruary 1, 2012
    $30 for a small juice and hummus. Craziness
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoMarch 21, 2014
    Best vegan BLT!
  • Noemi C.
    Noemi ChianettaDecember 26, 2014
    Versión informal del candle 79, platos ricos y saludables, zumos deliciosos
  • Dino L.
    Dino LopardoNovember 15, 2011
    Dove capire che essere vegano non vuol dire rinunciare! Dolci fantastici.
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