|Venue name:||Candle 79|
154 E 79th St
|Cross street:||at Lexington Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–3:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V|
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This upscale vegetarian spot is ideal for anyone who loves food or animals. The intimate, bi-level townhouse possesses an ambience that gourmet-minded vegetarians crave but rarely encounter. Best is the food itself—fresh, creative and considerate (a separate gluten-free menu keeps celiacs sated). Delectable dishes include the seitan piccata, crisp medallions in a light bath of lemon butter and capers, and the saffron-flavored paella, studded with seitan sausage and seasonal veggies. Service is knowledgeable and attentive, and the desserts—one layers chocolate and peanut butter mousse inside a dark chocolate shell—impossibly rich.