New York’s Candle 79 Among Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Picks in the U.S.

PETA Honors Hotspot Known for Elegant Atmosphere, Organic Wines

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2015

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

New York – As the demand for humane, healthy, and eco-friendly vegan food continues to skyrocket, creative and delicious plant-based dishes are popping up on fine-dining menus across the U.S. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—has narrowed down the ever-growing field of contenders to unveil its Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Establishments, and New York City’s Candle 79 is one of the outstanding spots on the list.

Wild Mushroom Crêpes—a customer favorite—boast spring vegetables, sautéed wild mushrooms, garlic truffle aioli, and beet-arugula-fennel salad and highlight Candle 79’s innovative, organic menu. Other delectable dishes include the Seitan Picatta—which is served with creamed spinach, a grilled potato cake, oyster mushrooms, and a lemon caper sauce. Not to be outdone, Candle 79’s dessert menu offers the Chocolate–Peanut Butter Bliss, a chocolate and peanut butter mousse in a salted peanut-caramel crust with berry coulis.

“Candle 79’s elegantly crafted menu puts plant-based dining front and center with every dish,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “All the fine-dining hotspots on PETA’s list have discovered new ways to satisfy diners’ appetites for meals that are as kind to animals as they are to the environment and people’s arteries.”

Each winner will receive a framed certificate. The other winners include Philadelphia’s Vedge, whose menu includes the smoky roasted Eggplant Braciole with Sicilian Salsa Verde, and Plant in Asheville, North Carolina, which serves up a sophisticated menu that includes the Wild Nettle Masala Uttapam. PETA’s other top picks include Ravens Restaurant in Mendocino, California, which features the Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel; Los Angeles’ Crossroads, whose menu includes the Spicy Meatball Flatbread; and Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, D.C., which offers an ever-changing menu at its one-night-a-week dining experience. Its past highlights include the Beet & Apple Ravioli.

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