Earlier in May, we went to New York City (we proclaim it the land for Vegans) and had a blast! There are tonnes of restaurants and cafe around NYC that provides vegan or vegetarian options and they have one of the highest number of vegan fine dining joints around town. Each of them are so unique and special, we were not able to try them all but had the chance to visit a few which blew our minds away! The first night, we made a last minute reservation at Candle 79 (their reviews on tripadvisor is crazy good) and we had only slots for 9pm. Despite the heavy downpour, we made our way there and got settled into our seats. We ordered a couple of items from the dinner menu and shared them among four of us. The bill came up to a total of USD 250+ including tips (20% on top of your bill) which was definitely not the cheapest thing in town. The ambience of the restaurant was chic, simple and sadly the lighting was so bad our food pictures did not turn out looking so great. Prices listed here are in USD.
poblano-guacamole, chipotle black beans, jicama-cucumber salsa, plantain chips, ranchero sauce 16
Spinach Ravioli (Really love the combination)
cashew cheese, fall vegetables, sauteed brocoli rabe, cashew parmesan, truffled tomato sauce 18
Vegetable Nori Rolls
pickled ginger, avocado wasabi, chipotle aioli, tamari-ginger sauce 14
Grilled Kale Salad (Another must try!)
string beans, beluga lentils, red onions, kabocha squash, avocado, sunflower seeds, spelt berries, chive dressing 16 and we added tempeh 4
Seitan Piccata (this is a must try!)
creamed spinach, grilled potato cake, oyster mushroom, lemon caper suace 23
Wild mushroom crepe
fall vegetables, sauteed wild mushrooms, poblano peppers, spinach, garlic truffle aioli, beet-arugula-fennel salad 23
The most disappointing dish that evening was Chef’s daily hand cut pasta 23. It tasted really bland and was a far cry in terms of texture, flavour and presentation as compared to the rest we ordered.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss (Must try!!!)
chocolate & peanut butter mousse, salted peanut-caramel crust, berry coulis 13
chocolate chip vanilla cream filling, coconut ice cream, chocolate drizzle 14
Candle 79 remains to serve one of the best vegan desserts we have ever tried and if we are ever back in NYC, we are going there on the first day again.
Address: 154 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075, United States
Phone: +1 212 537 7179
Opening hours: 12-3.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm daily