Yorkers Rejoice! Candle 79 Lights Up the Brunch Scene in the
Restaurant Review by Laura Guimond
Weekends in New York City
just got more flavorful with the arrival of Sunday brunch at Candle
79. This petite Upper East Side eatery (the
upscale “sister” of the legendary Candle Café) recently
added a small but diverse Sunday brunch to its delicious vegan offerings.
The emphasis here is on organic and locally produced foods, attracting
clientele who “are not even remotely vegan” according to
manager Francesca MacAaron. They come here for good food. “We
are focused on being a great restaurant…that just happens to
Brunch begins when the friendly staff greet guests with tasty mini-muffins.
Then the tough decision: Will it be the moist, chewy berry pancakes?
A delicate, fluffy tofu scramble with seasonal veggies? Or the breakfast burrito,
generously stuffed with shredded seitan, tomato, spinach, black beans and rice,
served with hot sauce, salsa cruda and tofu sour cream? Talented chef Angel Ramos
ensures you can’t go wrong with any of the selections.
Candle 79’s space is calm and classy. On a warm day fresh breezes and street
chatter waft through the open doors, adding to the ambience evoked by the mellow
music. Brunch is offered prix fixe for $23 (juice or smoothie, selection of brunch
or lunch entrée, and dessert) or a la carte ($10-$14). Reservations are
And if you miss Sunday brunch, enjoy lunch or dinner at Candle 79 seven days
Candle 79 is located at 154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.
Sunday brunch is served from 12-4pm. Open Monday-Saturday, 12-3:30pm for lunch
and 5:30-10:30pm for dinner; Sundays 5-10pm for dinner. For information call
(212) 537-7179 or visit www.candlecafe.com.
Laura Guimond works for an international humanitarian aid agency based in Portland,
Oregon. A longtime vegetarian and frequent traveler, she enjoys sharing her discoveries
with fellow explorers.