Candle 79 has long been on my list of New York City restaurants to try because of their extensive gluten-free menu. But when we’re in the City we are usually so enamored with the wide availability of incredible gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes that the vegetarian restaurants are pushed to the bottom of the list.
But after our incredible experience at Pure Food and Wine, Candle 79 was hoisted to the very top of my must-try list. Plus, I felt so great after eating such clean, raw food that another pizza wasn’t even appealing.
We walked the 34 blocks from our hotel to the restaurant, so we were more than ready to find out.
They seated us in the upstairs dining room of the quaint restaurant next to windows that lined the wall providing a few of the city below.
I was thrilled to receive an entire menu of their gluten-free meals.
Not a photocopied menu.
Not a menu with gluten-free options designated with a star.
A real, substantive menu that looked just like the regular menu.
There were so many options that the Husband and I had to compare to see how the two differed.
We started with the Guacamole Timbale which was to die for. Served with flax chips, this timbale was made with chipotle black beans, caramelized onions, cucumber tomato salsa, and ranchero sauce. Delicious!
A raw entree caught my eye, and while there were so many other tantalizing options, I had to have one more raw meal before heading home. I ordered the Live Zucchini Enchiladas. I wish you could see the enchiladas in this picture, but they’re buried beneath the most tender spinach and baby romaine greens, more cucumber-tomato salsa, creamy guacamole (again), and toasted pumpkin seeds. When I found the enchiladas I was so excited try them that I forgot to take a picture. Thin slices of zucchini wrapped cashew cheesy goodness, and with the chipotle-tomato sauce, cashew sour cream, and toppings, it was a fiesta to savor.
I can’t even tell you what the Husband had. I was too in love with my meal. And at this point in our trip there was no reason for him to order off the gluten-free menu so I could try a few bites. When there’s no shortage of amazing gluten-free meals, it’s every man for himself!
Next time you’re in New York City, make a point to try Candle 79. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or just plain hungry, you won’t be disappointed.
But you don’t have to make a special trip to enjoy some of Candle’s delicacies. Starting this month, Whole Foods will be carrying Candle Cafe Frozen Entrees.
But that won’t stop me from visiting Candle 79 again soon.
What’s your favorite gluten-free or vegan restaurant that you must visit while traveling?