Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, Gluten-free Restaurant, and Juice Bar$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
147 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)
  • 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!
  • Shahrzad S.
    Shahrzad ShamsOctober 22
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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... 💚
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoApril 12, 2015
    Vegetarian food. Vegan Carrot cake was phenomenal - still wondering how they made that "cream cheese"
  • 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"
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 C.
    Christina ChinMay 9, 2016
    I'm not vegan but the seitan sandwich was very good and sweet potato fries!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle W.
    Pricey but the food is incredible. Seitan burger with mushrooms is yummy (and healthy ish? Kinda?)
  • 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
  • Saga U.
    Saga UndénOctober 13, 2016
    Amazing food and super friendly staff! Don't order the coffee though.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PetrieJune 19, 2013
    I had the Indian platter and a smoothie - both were awesome!!!
  • Dara B.
    Dara BassinMarch 26, 2016
    Cajun sandwich amazing, so is everything else on the menu
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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
  • Catarina S.
    Such good food.. quesadilla is delicious . the price though:/
  • Isabella S.
    Isabella SerraniMay 29, 2013
    I always eat the Cajun Seitan Sandwich!! (Ask for extra aioli)
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 8, 2014
    Yeah, its pricey, but SO worth it. And they deliver. Treat yourself.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 24, 2016
    Avocado BLT with tempeh bacon is perfect for lunch.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MarronFebruary 25, 2016
    Nice sandwiches - maybe not up to the hype. Truffle fries good too
  • Kara B.
    Kara BrookJuly 8, 2011
    I love setien chimichuri but the indian plate is tops!! Best vegan restaurant in NYC!
  • David G.
    David GoldbergMay 30, 2014
    Omg get a side of quinoa with agave and cinnamon for breakfast. It's amazing
  • Olga K.
    Olga K.September 4
    Eggplant napoleon is a thing to try!
  • Pierre S.
    Pierre SOctober 28
    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.
  • 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
  • Michel W.
    Michel W.November 14, 2011
    Seitan Shimishuri is truly delicious. Ice tea is super refreshing too.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DoskowDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cajun Seitan Sandwich is the best sandwich ever invented.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BauerFebruary 9, 2016
    Everything - you can't go wrong!
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 24, 2011
    Think Vegetarian cooking is boring? Well not anymore. Outstanding!!!! You won't miss the meat.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Jase
    JaseNovember 19, 2010
    Seitan chimichurri is the BEST and don't forget a smoothie!
  • Sylvia L.
    Sylvia LewisJuly 30, 2013
    #peachstrawberrysangria, #guacamole #quesadilla awesome!
  • Mariya D.
    Mariya D.January 11, 2014
    The tofu entree is amazing
  • Yvette W.
    Yvette WestApril 9, 2011
    Best Vegan restaurant on the UES! I eat here all the time!
  • Santi A.
    Santi AraujoJuly 29, 2014
    The best restaurant I've been in many many years...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HAugust 10, 2014
    Great vegan food, good prices
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 5, 2012
    Try the porcini crusted seitan
  • 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. :)
  • VirtuallyVegan
    VirtuallyVeganFebruary 8, 2015
    We're fans of the seitan chimichurry!
  • Jason T.
    Jason TranJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tuscan Seitan Parmesan Sandwich is to DIE FOR
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieJune 4, 2012
    Order the cajun seitan sandwich.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TranJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tuscan Seitan Sandwich is DELICIOUS!!!!!
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the lemon ginseng iced tea
  • Anya S.
    Anya SarangJanuary 26, 2015
    Porchini crusted seitan 💚
  • Kristina
    KristinaFebruary 25, 2011
    Paradise casserole is amazing. Love love love!
  • thefarahdiaries
    thefarahdiariesAugust 2, 2015
    Cajun sandwich is excellent
  • Christine A.
    Christine ArboledaJuly 1, 2015
    Cozy and delicious
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon McNultyApril 2, 2015
    Eggplant Napoleon
  • 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
  • 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 :/
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonJune 6, 2015
    I think this place is far better than candle 79 for veggie food
  • Rebecca J.
    Rebecca JohnsonAugust 4, 2012
    Take a juice break at the Candle Cafe bar.
  • mark r.
    mark rothFebruary 10, 2010
    Bartender michael is a king. Great recommendations for casserole and choc. Mousse
  • 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...
  • J
    JMay 1, 2013
    Try the steak, said no one here ever.
  • 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!
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoMarch 21, 2014
    Best vegan BLT!
  • Lizz J.
    Lizz JiangJuly 31, 2016
    Carrot locks
  • Robin G.
    Robin GillJanuary 2, 2016
    I'm not a vegan but I would not call this place healthy food.
  • Brad F.
    Brad FJanuary 12, 2016
    It's good & good for you
  • Christina N.
    Christina NawabiJuly 8, 2015
    Veggie burger was delicious.
  • Susie D.
    Susie DickerDecember 18, 2010
    Try the Paradise Casserole for some healthy comfort food!
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserOctober 5, 2014
    Try the specials.
  • donnabella
    donnabellaApril 18, 2015
    Tofu scramble ... Yum!
  • Kristy V.
    Kristy VasquezFebruary 1, 2012
    $30 for a small juice and hummus. Craziness
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RobbinsDecember 26, 2013
    Try a crispy dumpling
  • Ecorazzi
    EcorazziSeptember 26, 2011
    Candle Cafe is a part of Ecorazzi Eats Restaurant Week October 12-19, 2011! Read more
  • Mochi C.
    Mochi CamayaSeptember 20, 2010
    Mezze plate, quesadilla...vegan food rox!
  • Alana C.
    Alana CorbettJuly 13, 2011
    Tofu Club sandwich is awesome
  • Ben C.
    Ben ClarkJanuary 29, 2015
    Mushroom crepe
  • Christine A.
    Christine ArboledaMay 17, 2015
    Flavorful vegan food!
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanApril 9, 2016
    Tempeh BLT!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MoreauJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten free menu available
  • Katie A.
    Katie A.November 12, 2011
    Get the spring rolls!
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DraudtOctober 7, 2016
    Vegetable bliss.
  • Deepak V.
    Nice vegan place
  • Hilary R.
    Hilary RowlandDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They deliver!
  • Laila A.
    Laila AhmadiAugust 11, 2013
    Frozen lemonade.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MoreauJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten-free menu available
  • lianna W.
    lianna WolfsonSeptember 27, 2010
    best vegan place in all of nyc.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BrineJuly 25, 2010
    Fantastic seitan! Yum.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin McCaffertyFebruary 6, 2010
    Mezza plate is to die for.
  • Sonal U.
    Sonal UApril 13, 2011
    Seitan chimichurri is much better at Candle 79
  • Sarena P.
    Sarena PerezNovember 26, 2009
    Try the harvest plate. Really good.
  • Mateus C.
    Mateus C.November 16, 2011
    good good good
  • Jay N.
    Jay NorrisOctober 26, 2010
    Green Goddess Kid! oh yeah and the Ksadilla!
  • Oscar H.
    Oscar HedayaApril 16, 2013
    Terrible place. Very overrated. No flavor to any of the food. I wouldn't go back.
  • Mayang A.
    Mayang A SundaNovember 25, 2010
    i love to be here
  • Mister Smyth
    Mister SmythOctober 25, 2010
    Mister Smyth Sez: Quesadilla and green goddess
  • Katherine D.
    Katherine DeTroyAugust 2, 2010
    Two words: Taco Salad.
  • Richard M.
    Richard McCoyJanuary 8, 2010
    Maybe someday a Candle will open in Indy.
  • Mister Smyth
    Mister SmythOctober 25, 2010
    It Gets 4 swags!
  • verry t.
    verry threeNovember 21, 2010
    beuhh...................... Read more
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbergMarch 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Tofu Club is the way to go
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthJanuary 15
    Rude service. Food not worth the wait.
  • Abram S.
    Abram SirignanoMay 24, 2009
    Great smoothies.
  • 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.
  • Erika R.
    Erika RaeJune 6, 2012
    Sweet potato smoothie Bomb
  • Paula V.
    Paula VillanuevaMay 31, 2016
    The ginger tofu stir fry was absolutely delicious ❤️
  • Mireia M.
    Mireia MartinezNovember 4, 2015
    Espectacular el sandwich de seitan! Un dels millors vegetarians en els que hem estat.
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