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Candle 79

$$$

A pricey ($30-60) vegan / vegetarian restaurant with gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, vegetarian, & vegan options in at Lexington Ave (Upper East Side) with critics pick & brunch offerings.

Mon-Sat: 12pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Sun: 12pm-4pm, 5pm-10pm

212-537-7179

www.candle79.com

154 E. 79th St.

at Lexington Ave

Review

The twin Candle Cafes are old-school in the best way. The original East Sidelocation has been a vegan hot spot since 1994. The square wooden tables andcasual vibe make this a take-your-mom-to-lunch-and-show-her-veganfood-is-tasty sort of place.

Those stopping in for a drink and a snack should indulge in a satisfyinglybuttery-tasting tahini-based dip for focaccia, or a hearty, tasty "Aztec" saladtopped with sticks of grilled tempeh and punched up with corn, beans and amelange of greens. If nothing else, stop in for a slice of chocolate mousse pie.

The chocolate treat is absolutely decadent; tofu and coconut oil are whippedinto a silky mousse that's decidedly un-tofulike, with a crumbly, chocolateyspelt crust that tastes nothing like spelt.

Candle 79 is a posh elder sister; it offers a greatest-hits list of all-organic,vegan fare. The fancier, split-level spot is a romantic go-to with a wine listfeaturing several biodynamic options.

CLEAN PLATES

Candle Cafe was funded by money won in a Take 5 lottery on a Friday the 13th!

If you want to take Candle Cafe home, try the restaurant’s line of foods available at Whole Foods.