The Candle Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant with locations on the Upper East Side (1307 Third Avenue) and Upper West Side (2427 Broadway) in New York City. According to the East side location’s website;
“Candle Cafe is dedicated to bettering the health of the individual and the planet by serving food fresh from farm to table. Our organic vegan cuisine is rooted in sustainability, eco-friendly practices, local farming, and compassion for animals.”
I stumbled upon the East side location while looking for a place to eat lunch with my friends, and we were all instantly attracted to its vegetarian-friendly menu (as all three of us were vegetarians). Although the food was somewhat pricey (likely because it’s NYC and everything is expensive), it was worth the cost.
I ordered the avocado BLT (with tempeh bacon), and I would definitely recommend it. My friends ordered the portabello burger (which she loved) and the flatbread pizza (technically an appetizer, but she said it filled her up quickly and was delicious). You can look at the East side menu here and the West side one here.
Tonic is a restaurant located in Washington D.C. near George Washington University. I went to Tonic for dinner, and would highly recommend making a reservation beforehand if you want to eat here. The restaurant gets crowded quickly, and for good reason. The food is delicious!
Tonic has a very intensive lunch and dinner menu, with pizzas, burgers, salmon, and more. As an avid fan of mac n’ cheese, I had to try Tonic’s version (which I would definitely order again if I went back). Some of the other people I went with tried the Toffle; a burger with an egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and a tator tot waffle (they loved it!).
I also want to take a moment to write about how brilliant the drink names are. Some highlights include; There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand, Rum Dog Millionaire, and Professor Plum in the Conservatory with the Candle Stick. One of my friends ordered the Dancing Queen (Swedish fish Vodka and pink lemonade), and it tasted like sour patch kids in a drinkable form.
Pastabilities is easily one of the best food-pun themed restaurants I’ve ever been to. (Editor Note: Allison lives for puns. She's no amateur.) Located in Syracuse, NY, Pastabilities offers buffet-style lunches and sit-down dinners for anything pasta-related. The restaurant offers homemade pastas and sauces, including their famous Spicy Hot Tomato Oil. After trying to oil with my bread, I can personally attest to its reputation.
With their own spin-off shop across the street (Pasta’s Daily Bread), Pastabilities is a haven for pasta lovers everywhere. I ordered the fettuccine alfredo (a personal favorite), and was very happy with my choice. The portions are reasonably sized (and priced), and fill you up quick. I also loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, which included word magnets on the walls for guests to play with while they eat.
You can check out Pastabilities’ website here, as well as their Facebook for any upcoming events.