Candle Cafe West, Upper West Side

Candle Cafe West - Upper West SideAfter our visit to the MOMA, Cassie and I rode the subway to the Upper West Side. We rode the train to 72nd, then walked the rest of the way to 89th street. I haven’t visited this area in a while, and it was nice to be back. We met John at Candle Cafe West for dinner. This was my 3rd visit, which seems like a lot considering how many restaurants there are in NYC. What can I say, it is one of my favorites.

John ordered the Cajun Seitan Sandwich ($16) again! Grilled focaccia, cajun crusted seitan, red onions, avocado, kale and ancho-chili aioli, field green salad. The seitan cutlets are very generously sized and quite tasty too. Cajun Seitan Sandwich - Candle Cafe WestCassie ordered the Morel Crusted Tofu ($20) with sauteed spring vegetables and a truffled cauliflower puree. Lovely plating. I always love how peas add a beautiful pop of green. The tofu was great, but that cauliflower puree was simply divine. Morel Crusted Tofu - Candle Cafe WestI almost ordered one of the mushroom specials, but changed my mind at the last minute and ordered the Seitan Piccata ($23) instead. I’ve had this before, but it is a Candle Cafe signature dish and it makes me quite happy. Sauvignon Blanc went nicely with the piccata, although a light Chardonnay would have been great too. Seitan Piccata - Candle Cafe WestSeitan with creamed spinach, mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, and a white wine lemon caper sauce. I’m in love that sauce, and the spinach was actually creamy, unlike what I had for brunch earlier in the day. They serve very large cutlets of seitan at Candle Cafe, which unfortunately, left me too full for dessert!

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    Mitzie Mee

    I think I understand why you like that place, -the food looks delicious:)

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      Vegan and organic, too! Also, I can’t complain about the large portions. :P

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