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Candle Cafe

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

Summary:

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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Published on September 28, 2009

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  1. Ricki says

    It showed up in my Google Reader. . . not sure why it missed yours! I’ve always wanted to try Candle Cafe. I’ve got the cookbook–must start there.

  2. Katharina says

    I was gonna go there when I was in NY, but I thought it was too fancy for me to go dining alone. I thought I’d much rather enjoy it with someone else 🙂 My mom would’ve been a perfect date! Both of those dishes look sooo appetizing oh my gosh.

    Ooo what goodies do you have in store for us next??

  3. Heather Eats Almond Butter says

    Must win Wild Bars. Must have them back in my life!

    That picture of your miso ginger stir-fry is beautiful. Can I please be your dinner date for your next trip to Candle Cafe? Perhaps Jay could join us??????

  4. broccolihut says

    I would love to visit the Candle Cafe someday–I have their cookbook, and everything in it is so delicious and creative!

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