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The Candle Cafe was the first vegetarian restaurant I ever visited in NYC (eight years ago with my mom and cousin). On that visit, I was impressed by the elegantly presented meals, the charming atmosphere, and the friendly service. (How could I not have been wowed by the service when the cute waiter insisted we try dessert—a piece of chocolate mousse pie and a slice of cheesecake—free of charge?!)

For the same reasons I was initially drawn to the Candle’s flame,  it is still a favorite eight years later. Call me a moth, but I believe that no trip to NYC is complete without a stop at the Candle.

My most favoritest (Not a word? I don’t care!) menu item at Candle is their Miso Ginger Stir Fry. One complaint with this dish was that the tofu tastes a bit flavorless, so I sub it out for tender seitan. On this past trip, quinoa also stood in for the brown rice.

candle cafe miso ginger stir fry

My mom loved the Candle Cafe Indian Plate.

candle cafe indian plate


The Candle Cafe is not only a fabulous restaurant for vegetarians, it is also a safe choice in terms of locations to take a picky omnivore (safer than this place, anyway!). And if you’re lucky, you might just leave with some free dessert. 😉

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. jcd says:

    Oh, what a tease! And I’m not talking about the giveaway. The food at Candle Café looks divine! I guess I’ll have to go to New York now, huh?

    On another note, I hope the giveaway will be open to Canadians! Yum. If not, how can I find out if they sell those bars in Chicago? (I’m going there in a few weeks and am making a list of American things to buy whilst there.)

  2. All of those veggies look divine — I could go swimming in a sea of vegetables!

  3. *Andrea* says:

    mmmmm looksdeliciouS! if i’m in the area i will look for candle cafe for sure

  4. glidingcalm says:

    I would love to go to Candle some day, but I don’t visit NYC very often- esp. now that my grandparents moved away!! Everything looks delicious though!! I might have to get the Indian Plate as well, but your stir fry sounds fav. and I’ve been waiting to give seitan another go too!

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Excited for the giveaway!!!

    happy Monday love pie!

  5. oh wow, that indian plate looks awesome! i was at the Candle Cafe not too long ago, and i was not impressed at all. my dish was super bland and boring. but i just might give the restaurant another shot to try what your mom ordered, it looks delicious!

  6. If I ever make it to NYC, I’m totally gonna eat there. It’s so on my list of places I most wanna eat! That money shot is makin’ me so hungry and I just ate a big ole bowl of oats less than two hours ago (banana brulee oats, I might add…very tasty…I’m gonna blog about them tonight).

  7. Jessica says:

    I haven’t been there yet, but it’s on my list! Food looks yummy 🙂

  8. janetha says:

    i love that photo that is all B&W except the ultra colorful food. artsy and amazing!

  9. Maria says:

    There are so many restaurants to try in NYC! Gosh, everything looks amazingly delicious 🙂

    Ooh, the giveaway sounds awesome!

  10. elise says:

    oh candle, how i love thee

  11. Bridget says:

    I heart Candle Cafe. Once when I was there the owners sat next to me! I was too shy to talk to them though.

  12. If I ever go to NYC, candle cafe is on my ‘to visit’ list!

  13. buffmuffy says:

    I got your no post in google reader so here i am! haha you cant get rid of me yet!
    omg seriously…? my fave bar ever?

  14. Brandi says:

    such a tease 🙂

    that stir fry sounds (and looks!) so good!

  15. buffmuffy says:

    ps … this post was in google reader after all. crazy lady!

  16. ellie says:

    Both posts landed in reader for me 20 mins ago…

    REMIND me when I am in NY what to order at Candle. Though the wraps they do look incredible. Why do I not live in NYC? 🙁

  17. Naomi says:

    love that food and also love the photography it really makes the colored food POP out!

    🙂 enjoy your day!

  18. ~Jessica~ says:

    Candle looks just wonderful ~ I’d love to find a vegan restaurant that would be capable of ‘converting’ my family.

    Ooh, I see what you mean about the next giveaway being fantastic!


  19. Shannon says:

    gorgeous lunch my dear~ and ooh, do i see wild bars in someone’s future?? i’ve never seen them in a store!

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