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Candela Restaurant - 8 Reviews - 116 E 16th St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 254-1600

Candela Restaurant

116 E 16th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-1600
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$$ Have you ever been forced to make a decision between 2 entrees and you don't know which one to go with? Or if you should get that appetizer?...


Candela is a nice spot for dinner with decent food. I actually had better service at the bar than we did from our waitress at dinner, and will probably only go back for drinks. ...

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A nice evening meal, but nothing more 8/26/2006

Candela is a nice spot for dinner with decent food. I actually had better service at the bar than we did from our waitress at dinner, and will probably only go back for drinks. Definitely go for happy hour - they have good deals, and if you want to splurge, try the Mojito. Yum. As for dinner, I had the spicy shrimp pasta dish which was good but almost too spicy. We were offered coffee to end the meal but then out waitress disappeared before we ever got it. We decided that a stop at Dunkin Donuts was a better use of time and money than waiting for her to come back with the coffee. My date had the lobster ravioli, but he was more impressed with it than I was. Candela is light exclusively by candles so it's cool for ambiance, but if you're looking for spectacular food and service, you should probably go elsewhere. If you're looking for a nice place to start your night with a drink at the bar however, this is the place. more

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Better than it should be 3/10/2006

I never want Candela to be as good as it is, but it is very good, and the room is a lot of fun. You won't find much innovation in the menu, and some dishes really are too rich -- the duck ravioli, for example, are wonderful, but Exhausting to eat -- lucky Candela offers half orders of all their pasta dishes. They also have a limited sushi menu that is somewhat fusion in nature (the fish is raw, the rice is traditional, but often non traditional sauces are involved) that's also very enjoyable. While the menu looks pricey at first glance, it's easy to eat here affordably -- an appetizer and a half order of pasta is enough for most people (especially if one orders the richer dishes),. My only real complaint is the wine list - the wine by the glass options are just not satisfying, and the bottles aren't inspiring enough to make me want to spend the funds. The room, however, and the attentive (if not always consistent) service goes a long way to compensate for the shortcomings. more

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Post Show Romance 3/10/2006

I first ate here after a show at the Vineyard Theatre. I immediately wanted to return with my beau. Fantastic atmosphere coupled with a light menu and good wine list makes for a great rendezvous with your loved one. You can have an intimate meal here without feeling you are on top of the other patrons (somehow the very high ceiling helps in creating this effect -- lots of air to breathe). I plan return soon. more

Better Brunches to be had 10/31/2005

The service was lacking and it wasn't that busy. We ordered coffee and mimosas but the server forgot about the coffee and had to be reminded. My water glass was left empty for a good portion of the meal as well. Then w/ respect to the food, the descriptions on the menu are misleading. You think you're getting something better than what arrives. For example, the french toast said it came w/ caramelized bananas....the bananas arrived plain, nothing caramelized about them and the side of bacon my husband ordered was extremely undercooked. We finished the banana bread they bring you to start and we were never offered any more. more
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Gramercy Park, Union Square, Midtown