by Mimi Giboin
This duplex restaurant opened in 2003 and is giving organic, vegan dining a thoroughly chic and sophisticated image. With a divine selection of dishes and an organic wine and sake bar, Candle 79 attracts locals and celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone. It's no surprise Candle 79 were 'twice rated as Zagat's number 1 vegetarian restaurant.' Try stopping by on the weekend for a stunning brunch of Homestyle Pancakes served with seasonal fruit, cranberry butter and gingered maple syrup. You can also find a gluten free menu available both here and at Candle Cafe.
154 E. 79th Street (between Lexington and Third), New York, NY 10075
by Rob Branch-Dasch
You can tell the love has been baked, sauteed and flambeed into every dish of organic and seasonal vegan food served at Candle Cafe (which also aims to use local produce when possible). Their menu featured dishes, especially the desserts, that very nearly persuaded me to move to New York City. If you thought the words, vegan and dessert, were two words that had never been placed side by side, then you are about to discover a whole new celestially sweet vegan world. How does a Decadent Chocolate Cake with chocolate frosting and berry coulis sound? Now you're thinking about moving to New York too, aren't you? When you do, have a drink for me. Perhaps the Amazon Mania smoothie or PB & J made with peanut butter, blueberries and vanilla soy ice cream. Is this what vegan heaven looks and tastes like? I think so.
1307 Third Avenue (between 74th & 75th), New York, NY 10021.