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The Candle Cafe

1307 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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(212) 472-0970


  • Sunday: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
  • Monday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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Cuisine: Cafes, Vegetarian Restaurants

4.8 of 5.0 from 148 reviews

price range:$11 to $25

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The Candle Cafe Reviews

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  • mbirrell reviewReally fresh high quality ingredients combined in creative ways to make some really interesting food. Atmosphere is calming. Nice scent of lemon throughout.Great juice bar!Nice to know the food is all environmentally friendly.

    55555 by mbirrell

  • jmezzullo reviewWE are vegetarian but like our food to be healthy and good tasting. This is the best resturant for this type of food we have ever seen in USA

    44444 by jmezzullo

  • paradjanov reviewI am not a vegans, not even a vegeterian, but I love the food here, because it is great! It is full flavored, with wonderful textures, and colorful palette and design. You walk away completely satisfied with no after-guilt. I've taken many non-veggir friends to this place and all adre it. Further, the owners are a magnificent couple who freely give of themselves generously to the community as well as their clientele.

    44444 by paradjanov

  • Olga AEggplant napoleon is a thing to try!

    55555 by Olga A

  • Michelle W.Pricey but the food is incredible. Seitan burger with mushrooms is yummy (and healthy ish? Kinda?)

    55555 by Michelle W.

  • Will nReally tasty lunch for 2 (1 sandwich, 1 small pate, and 2 drinks), was $50-60.

    55555 by Will n

  • Claudia F.Rude service. Food not worth the wait.

    22222 by Claudia F.

  • Saga tAmazing food and super friendly staff! Don't order the coffee though.

    55555 by Saga t

  • Danielle AVegetable bliss.

    55555 by Danielle A

  • Lizz PCarrot locks

    33333 by Lizz P

  • Melissa LI'm a vegetarian so this place is a dream come true...but since it's really expensive I can't come often

    55555 by Melissa L

  • Paula VillanuevaThe ginger tofu stir fry was absolutely delicious ❤️

    55555 by Paula Villanueva

  • Christina ChinI'm not vegan but the seitan sandwich was very good and sweet potato fries!

    55555 by Christina Chin

  • Morgan P.Tempeh BLT!

    55555 by Morgan P.

  • Dara B.Cajun sandwich amazing, so is everything else on the menu

    55555 by Dara B.

  • Kathryn I.Avocado BLT with tempeh bacon is perfect for lunch.

    55555 by Kathryn I.

  • Brian JNice sandwiches - maybe not up to the hype. Truffle fries good too

    55555 by Brian J

  • Melissa SEverything - you can't go wrong!

    55555 by Melissa S

  • Brad F.It's good & good for you

    55555 by Brad F.

  • Robin G.I'm not a vegan but I would not call this place healthy food.

    55555 by Robin G.

  • Mireia MEspectacular el sandwich de seitan! Un dels millors vegetarians en els que hem estat.

    55555 by Mireia M

  • Rachel PVegan pasta made with cadge is delicious!!!

    55555 by Rachel P

  • LennyThe Date coconut shake is amazing.

    55555 by Lenny

  • Patrick H.The Mexican Lasagne was flavorful and complex. I wanted more more more.

    55555 by Patrick H.

  • halalbiteCajun sandwich is excellent

    55555 by halalbite

  • Christina NawabiVeggie burger was delicious.

    55555 by Christina Nawabi

  • Christine A.Cozy and delicious

    55555 by Christine A.

  • Joanne KimLooking 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!

    55555 by Joanne Kim

  • Amy R.I think this place is far better than candle 79 for veggie food

    55555 by Amy R.

  • Christine A.Flavorful vegan food!

    55555 by Christine A.

  • Ali R.Vegan BLT on gluten free bread was AWESOME & we got some green juice that was super refreshing with mint... 💚

    55555 by Ali R.

  • Danielle HaynerThe 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

    33333 by Danielle Hayner

  • donnabellaTofu scramble ... Yum!

    55555 by donnabella

  • Vivian VoVegetarian food. Vegan Carrot cake was phenomenal - still wondering how they made that "cream cheese"

    55555 by Vivian Vo

  • Sharon McNultyEggplant Napoleon

    55555 by Sharon McNulty

  • Kimberley S.I've only been here for the drinks. Love the mango lassi, pear-fection & the Green detox smoothie.

    55555 by Kimberley S.

  • VirtuallyVeganWe're fans of the seitan chimichurry!

    55555 by VirtuallyVegan

  • Ben C.Mushroom crepe

    55555 by Ben C.

  • Anya SarangPorchini crusted seitan 💚

    55555 by Anya Sarang

  • Martin BOne 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.

    55555 by Martin B

  • Noemi ChianettaVersión informal del candle 79, platos ricos y saludables, zumos deliciosos

    55555 by Noemi Chianetta

  • John PaterakisTerrific food, but the secret is out: it can sometimes take quite a while to get a table.

    55555 by John Paterakis

  • Christina NawabiPricy and not-so-large portions. The quesadilla and indian wrap appetizers were flavorful and delicious. The dumplings weren't as good.

    55555 by Christina Nawabi

  • Phoenix 💥💥💥Try the ginger miso stir fry!

    55555 by Phoenix 💥💥💥

  • LennyTry the specials.

    55555 by Lenny

  • Molly S.Amazing vegan food with a great selection and variety. Can't wait to come back.

    55555 by Molly S.

  • Leanne J.Definitely get the mac and cheese!! Also get the chocolate mousse. Our waiter recommended it by calling it "redonky-donk"

    55555 by Leanne J.

  • Alvin HTried the dumplings, kale and crispy cajun salad and they're all yummy! Might come back for another meal before I fly back to Australia!

    55555 by Alvin H

  • AFAR MediaIf 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.

    55555 by AFAR Media

  • Jordan HGreat vegan food, good prices

    55555 by Jordan H

  • Benita SVery good place , green smoothie detox its amazing.

    55555 by Benita S

  • Margot M.Yeah, its pricey, but SO worth it. And they deliver. Treat yourself.

    55555 by Margot M.

  • Santi AraujoThe best restaurant I've been in many many years...

    55555 by Santi Araujo

  • jon h.Get the lemon ginseng iced tea

    33333 by jon h.

  • David MOmg get a side of quinoa with agave and cinnamon for breakfast. It's amazing

    55555 by David M

  • Allison V.Best vegan BLT!

    55555 by Allison V.

  • Jenny G.One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Gothamist and CBS New York

    55555 by Jenny G.

  • Dianna K.seitan chimichurri was good, then it went down hill. not very impressed and cookies missed the mark. slow service :/

    33333 by Dianna K.

  • Mariya D.The tofu entree is amazing

    55555 by Mariya D.

  • Burger Weeklyhttp://www.burgerweekly.com/a-word-on-veggie-burgers/ 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.

    33333 by Burger Weekly

  • Danielle R.Try a crispy dumpling

    55555 by Danielle R.

  • Hilary R.They deliver!

    55555 by Hilary R.

  • AliciaTry the Tuscan Lasagna - #vegan ricotta hits the spot. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alicia

  • Chantae V.The staff are super friendly and the food is very fresh. I ordered the ginger-miso stir fry and oh man! Delicious!!!

    55555 by Chantae V.

  • Laila A.Frozen lemonade.

    33333 by Laila A.

  • Sylvia L.#peachstrawberrysangria, #guacamole #quesadilla awesome!

    55555 by Sylvia L.

  • Kelsey P.I had the Indian platter and a smoothie - both were awesome!!!

    55555 by Kelsey P.

  • Myrtille B.Stir fry tofu with miso-ginger sauce is to die for !

    55555 by Myrtille B.

  • Rex D.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)

    55555 by Rex D.

  • VoiceStreetServing 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.

    55555 by VoiceStreet

  • Isabella S.I always eat the Cajun Seitan Sandwich!! (Ask for extra aioli)

    55555 by Isabella S.

  • Grace C.BBQ Tempeh and Sweet Potato Sandwich for the win. Comes with a delicious ranch-like sauce. Vegan heaven! Must return.

    55555 by Grace C.

  • Jonathan A.Try the steak, said no one here ever.

    22222 by Jonathan A.

  • Oscar H.Terrible place. Very overrated. No flavor to any of the food. I wouldn't go back.

    22222 by Oscar H.

  • Pranav K.Everything is very fresh. Excellent service.

    55555 by Pranav K.

  • Jeffrey Z.Try the Cold And Flu Remedy - #health #juice (via @Foodspotting)

    22222 by Jeffrey Z.

  • Luca M.Highly recommend the sweet potato pie smoothie, you won't regret it! Tofu club on whole grain was great too.

    55555 by Luca M.

  • Kim O.Don't get almond milk in coffee-- a curdling disaster!!!!!!!!

    33333 by Kim O.

  • Natalia G.I never thought vegan food could be this good! Porcini Crusted Seitan is so delicious it's almost obcene :)

    55555 by Natalia G.

  • VoiceStreetWith lots of boldly-spiced vegan style food, we think we may have finally found a vegan restaurant that can satisfy even most adamant carnivores.

    55555 by VoiceStreet

  • AliciaTry the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake - #vegan (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alicia

  • AliciaTry the Walnut Encrusted Tofu (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alicia

  • AliciaTry the porcini crusted seitan (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alicia

  • Lucia G.For my 1st vegan experience I gotta say I enjoyed this place...the strawberry limeade was very good...tangy but good

    55555 by Lucia G.

  • Sarah E.Save room for the Carrot Cake--YUM. So delicious!

    55555 by Sarah E.

  • Rebecca J.Take a juice break at the Candle Cafe bar.

    55555 by Rebecca J.

  • Deepak V.Nice vegan place

    55555 by Deepak V.

  • Amy L.Delicious vegan sandwiches and smoothies.

    55555 by Amy L.

  • Erika R.Sweet potato smoothie Bomb

    55555 by Erika R.

  • ShawnieOrder the cajun seitan sandwich.

    55555 by Shawnie

  • Erin B.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!

    55555 by Erin B.

  • Julz D.The food is amazing here, and there is a great buzz...worth waiting.

    55555 by Julz D.

  • Kristy V.$30 for a small juice and hummus. Craziness

    55555 by Kristy V.

  • Healthy i.Gluten-free menu available

    55555 by Healthy i.

  • Healthy i.Gluten free menu available

    55555 by Healthy i.

  • Mark D.Cajun Seitan Sandwich is the best sandwich ever invented.

    55555 by Mark D.

  • New York HabitatYou can't go wrong with either the cajun seitan sandwich or the paradise casserole. Even the meat lovers can't resist the dishes here.

    55555 by New York Habitat

  • Vicki S.Candle's cool book is fabulous too!

    55555 by Vicki S.

  • Mateus C.good good good

    55555 by Mateus C.

  • Ami S.Great food! The iced tea is especially refreshing and delicious

    55555 by Ami S.

  • Dino L.Dove capire che essere vegano non vuol dire rinunciare! Dolci fantastici.

    55555 by Dino L.

  • Michel W.Seitan Shimishuri is truly delicious. Ice tea is super refreshing too.

    55555 by Michel W.

  • Katie A.Get the spring rolls!

    55555 by Katie A.

  • Adrienne B.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!

    55555 by Adrienne B.

  • AthletaHungry? 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

    55555 by Athleta

  • EcorazziCandle Cafe is a part of Ecorazzi Eats Restaurant Week October 12-19, 2011!

    55555 by Ecorazzi

  • Cheapeats I.Think Vegetarian cooking is boring? Well not anymore. Outstanding!!!! You won't miss the meat.

    55555 by Cheapeats I.

  • Ceejay M.try their barbeque seitan sandwich. :)

    55555 by Ceejay M.

  • Ceejay M.try their barbeque seitan sandwich. :)

    55555 by Ceejay M.

  • Institute for Integrative NutritionDiscounts 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!

    55555 by Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Scott B.Say hi to mehdi, and my favorite dish is Tofu Club with soy cheese. Amazing

    55555 by Scott B.

  • Jason T.Tuscan Seitan Sandwich is DELICIOUS!!!!!

    55555 by Jason T.

  • Alana C.Tofu Club sandwich is awesome

    55555 by Alana C.

  • Francesca G.TOP CHOICES:Tuscan seitan parmesan sandwich is delicious. Indian plate is good but basic.Aztec salad can't go wrong

    55555 by Francesca G.

  • Kara B.I love setien chimichuri but the indian plate is tops!! Best vegan restaurant in NYC!

    55555 by Kara B.

  • Ashita S.The sweet potato pie is an amazing drink!!

    55555 by Ashita S.

  • Physique 57The 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.

    55555 by Physique 57

  • Sonal U.Seitan chimichurri is much better at Candle 79

    55555 by Sonal U.

  • Yvette WestBest Vegan restaurant on the UES! I eat here all the time!

    55555 by Yvette West

  • Kim B.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...

    55555 by Kim B.

  • KristinaParadise casserole is amazing. Love love love!

    55555 by Kristina

  • stephaniethe seitan chimichurri is awesome. i get it every time!

    55555 by stephanie

  • Jason T.Tuscan Seitan Parmesan Sandwich is to DIE FOR

    55555 by Jason T.

  • Dorothy M.If you don't have a reservation, put your name on the list and be patient. The food is 100% worth the wait

    55555 by Dorothy M.

  • Susie D.Try the Paradise Casserole for some healthy comfort food!

    55555 by Susie D.

  • Mayang Ci love to be here

    55555 by Mayang C

  • JaseSeitan chimichurri is the BEST and don't forget a smoothie!

    55555 by Jase

  • Jay BGreen Goddess Kid! oh yeah and the Ksadilla!

    55555 by Jay B

  • Mister Smyth YMister Smyth Sez: Quesadilla and green goddess

    55555 by Mister Smyth Y

  • Mister Smyth YIt Gets 4 swags!

    55555 by Mister Smyth Y

  • Leo F.Power food for power meetings! Quite a cozy place in the UES.

    55555 by Leo F.

  • lianna Mbest vegan place in all of nyc.

    55555 by lianna M

  • Mochi C.Mezze plate, quesadilla...vegan food rox!

    55555 by Mochi C.

  • Ellen DeGeneresGrab 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.

    55555 by Ellen DeGeneres

  • Katherine STwo words: Taco Salad.

    33333 by Katherine S

  • Lindsay B.Fantastic seitan! Yum.

    55555 by Lindsay B.

  • Alyssa vNot 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.

    55555 by Alyssa v

  • MarneCajun Seitan sandwich is tops! Not too spicy...

    55555 by Marne

  • The Corcoran GroupSome 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

    55555 by The Corcoran Group

  • Vicki S.This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in America. Great cookbook too.

    55555 by Vicki S.

  • Anna KGet a shot of wheat grass, the Cajun Seitan sandwich and Carrot Cake. Makes for a guaranteed good time.

    55555 by Anna K

  • mark r.Bartender michael is a king. Great recommendations for casserole and choc. Mousse

    55555 by mark r.

  • Kaitlin MMezza plate is to die for.

    55555 by Kaitlin M

  • CharleneDefinitely order the Carrot Cake if they have it. The Indian Plate special is always a safe choice.

    55555 by Charlene

  • Richard M.Maybe someday a Candle will open in Indy.

    55555 by Richard M.

  • Sarena P.Try the harvest plate. Really good.

    55555 by Sarena P.

  • Abram MGreat smoothies.

    55555 by Abram M

  • Jon S.Tofu Club is the way to go

    33333 by Jon S.

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