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Wa Jeal
Wa Jeal

Wa Jeal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wajealrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 396-3339
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 11:00pm, Friday: 11:30am -11:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Wa Jeal
Wa Jeal Sichuan Chili House is a pioneering Asian restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, serving authentic Sichuan food. Wa Jeal is a new type of Chinese restaurant that you definitely don't want to miss.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Diner Reviews
  • "Good place for Chinese in the UES. Nice ambiance which is rare. Food was pretty decent. Service could have been more prompt."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent and very authentic Chinese food. Will definitely be back for more."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Clean and friendly restaurant with a knowledgeable and charming staff. This is by far my favorite Chinese restaurant!! Flavors are exotic, the waiter picked the best dishes. Great evening! A+!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The food here is amazing - fresh, varied and somehow both authentic and surprising. The Salt/Pepper calamari haunts my dreams and what they do with tofu should be analyzed by scientists specializing in endorphins. The fact that it's just around the corner and I can get a reservation with 30 minutes notice or delivery makes me realize again and again why even a bland neighborhood in NYC is a magic place to live. Service is slightly chaotic in a friendly way with everyone working to make your meal a pleasure. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We will definitely return. Our dinner was delicious - all ingredients very fresh and prepared at the moment. Lovely service and management too."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This place is as good as anything in Flushing or Chinatown. But with better ambiance!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Unpretentious.Quiet, Lovely service ( tablecloths), prompt service. A breath of fresh air! Food was not greasy, a total bargain as well. Several dishes stole the show...the sichuan dumplings, the spicy eggplant, General Tso's chicken and the Peking duck. Don't skip the flambe bananas for dessert. I suggest going with 4 of 6 people so you can sample many dishes. Spicy but not burning hot. If you want to save a trip to Chinatown or Flushing, this is the next best thing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After we placed our order, the waiter said "You ordered too much food" which I thought was rude. We brought home what was left over and just didn't appreciate the comment. We also ordered the lacquered duck and he asked if we wanted him to serve us. When we said no thanks, we'll serve ourselves, he replied, "Good, less work for me". Again, rude."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "very friendly service. We were seated right away because of opentable reservation, while there were a few couples waiting. Tables are too small for the size of the plates, you can't fit three orders (two entrees, one veggie) on the table. They should use smaller plates, since that is easier to do than change their furniture. Food is good for chinese food connaisseurs, may be too spicy or salty for others. Noise level is high when the place is full, the sound isolation is not very efficient, although the decor is cozy and romantic."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was excellent, with array of unusual dishes not found at most Chinese restaurants. We loved the prawns in garlic sauce and the wok seared filet mignonette with spinach. Nice decor and excellent service. Overall a great Chinese food experience. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This restaurant blows away anything you could find in NYC--even places in Chinatown and Flushing. Without a doubt, the best Chinese/Sichuan food in NY. Just be prepared for some seriously spicy food!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The manager was gracious and made us feel welcome. The shrimp in citrus sauce was terrific as was the whole fish. It is a place where you can have a conversation with your dining mates. Dinner was not rushed which is a huge plus. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was good, cocktails were expensive and bad. Really bad."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Décor, fit and finish all good, music choice (opera) very good and not too loud. Prices very reasonable Selections food and wine: Very good Food and service: Very Good."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Food is very good. It is very spicy and can be ordered with more moderate spice. We were last there on Christmas Day and they did a great job of handling a very crowed restaurant."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "well prepared food and served. Nice atmosphere. Does not look like typical chinese restaurant."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "A dozen of us had dinner here last week. Among us were foodies, world travelers, and Chinese Food Addicts. Although we all know that Queens is the new vortex of Chinese cuisine, because there were so many of us, we didn't want to make the trek. I looked up this restaurant and thought it sounded great. Fortunately it was. We had hot and sour soup, steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, general tso's tofu, baby bok choy, salt and pepper shrimp, shredded pork and more... All of the dishes were beautifully cooked. The service was very friendly. The interior quite attractive. The new Chinese favorite for us all."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Dependable Chinese food with a more unique menu than most. Excellent chicken with 1000 chili peppers. Would like to go back and try more dishes."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I've been here a few times and the food is consistently good. The portions are plentiful, the staff is incredibly hospitable, and the ambiance is fantastic -whether out for a romantic dinner, or just some friends getting together!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "The food was delicious and since we had a group of 8, it was nice that we were able to make reservations in advance. I was surprised at how nice the ambiance was. Prices were very reasonable. Overall it was a good dining experience and I would definitely recommend it"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Hard to believe this restaurant is so highly thought of as all of the dishes ordered, with the exception of the cold sesame noodles, were as bland as could be. This is definitely the most tasteless Chinese food I've ever eaten."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "ALTHOUGH THE RESAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY, USUALLY A BAD SIGN, WE WERE VERY SATISFIED WITH BOTH THE FOOD AND SERVICE. THE MENU WAS QUITE EXTENSIVE AND THE SUGGESTIONS BY THE STAFF WERE EXCELLENT. WE WERE FOUR PEOPLE AND WERE ABLE TO SHARE VARIOUS DISHES."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "We were interested to try a neighborhood Chinese restaurant for the first time. My wife is Chinese, so we do visit a great many Chinese restaurants throughout New York and New Jersey. Although the menu contains a number of interesting and original choices, we did not find the cuisine to be particularly exceptional in taste. The preparation was very good, but the end results were disappointing."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Wonderful fresh food expertly prepared. In a city of so many formulaic Asian restaurants, I had almost forgotten what really fine Asian cooking could taste like. Wa Jeal is great on all counts. A real favorite! Pleasant staff, expertly trained. Filled with appreciative diners despite the temporary (!) intrusion of the construction of the 2nd Avenue subway, proving that diners still seek out the best food."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "We were visiting New York City and found Wa Jeal on Open Table. What a great find. The sautéed Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding. We highly recommend this dish. The rest of our meal was good as well, but the sea bass outshined the rest. Wa Jeal is a small, quaint spot with great food and ambience. We will be back on our next trip!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "From the moment we arrived the staff and place were welcoming. We never felt rushed and there was a full house. We had a coctail, ordered food and it was better than any chinese food I have ever eaten. Not too expensive and just right. The hostess could be my new bestie..this morn, as I am known to before hand, I looked at the nyc health rating. The restaurant gets a C. Not possible. I would not have gone knowing that..I would have missed a great dinner. We cant wait to go back"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "This is an excellent Szechuan restaurant with a very attractive and QUIET atmosphere. Interesting menu."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "I went here with my family for my aunt's birthday. I enjoyed the place and I'm sure the rest of my family did. The food was great, the place looks classy and the price is not too bad! I think it's pretty cheap for a fancy-looking restaurant. We bought a dish with fish along with many others and they offered to remove its bones. Overall, the food was great (not too seasoned just right for your taste buds) They have big tables for big groups. The waiters were accommodating. The ambiance was peaceful (music they played went well with the atmosphere) and great for eating delicious food! Not so much with the scenic view though...a lot of construction is going on in this neighborhood right now so this place is kinda hidden. So, tip big!"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "Wa Jeal is a big improvement over the other Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood. My only criticism is that the sesame noodles are inedibly spicy! They are actually painful! (Or at least they were the one time I had them.)"
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "We were in the mood for excellent Chinese food in a comfortable atmosphere before going to see "Jersey Boys". Wa Jeal was all that and more. The service was the best we've experienced in a long, long time-attentive, pleasant yet not invasive. Their menu was interesting and made it difficult to decide on an entrée. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to the next trip to New York City with another enjoyable dinner at Wa Jeal."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "The food is Excellent. Best Dan Dan noodles, Tangerine Beef, everything we've ordered has been delicious. We've ordered in many times, only to find that it's much nicer in person. The staff aims to please. So you'd like red bell pepper instead of green? Just let them know. You can actually hear each other speak, and with candlelight, you might actually want to hear more! We will be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "probably best Sichuan food in Manhattan. we were there a bit later than dinner hour so noise level of "moderate" may be inaccurate. living on UWS, we'll still go there for dinner and even do take out on occasion."
    Dined on 6/25/2013
  • "Delicious food in a calm and serene atmosphere. Service is warm and attentive."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "pros- some interesting, different dishes that you don't see at other Chinese spots "romantic" lighting (might not be a plus to some- just 1 candle per tablle, pretty dark) cons- unnecessarily expensive (some dishes over $50??) odd service, servers unable to describe dishes on menu they don't serve coffee (might not matter to you) with so, so many places to eat in the area, would be unlikely to return"
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "Chinese restaurants are rare and ones that bring the heat are even rarer. This heir to the closed Upper East Side branch of Wu Liang Ye delivers authentic chinese food and is surviving the business killing Second Avenue Subway. It compares favorably to other restaurants that dumb down the flavors and is the only choice on the Upper East Side for Sunday night chinese."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "We were party of 6 and arrived early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us right away. Our waitress was excellent and did not rush us. They offer extensive menu and offer many options for vegetarians and vegans who were part of our group. Quality of food was quite good and liked that you can choose your level of spiciness. We had nice bottle of Malbec which was reasonally priced. Ambiance is pleasant with white tablecloths and candles on tables, so not a fast food atmosphere. All in all worked perfect for us. Short walk from the Met Museum too."
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "Excellent food and service! Great for conversation."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "A nice, if fairly standard, Chinese restaurant. About half the items we ordered were really pretty good; the rest was fine - not at all bad, but nothing special. They were able to take a group of 5 of us w/o much warning, which was why we choose them. They filled up quickly as the evening wore on, and the people @ the tables around us all seemed to be having a good time. Prices are reasonable, given the food, etc."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "great dan dan noodles. very good dumplings. good mains. will have to find better mains for a better overall meal."
    Dined on 4/7/2013
  • "Real Szechuan cooking is hard to find, and this is a great source. Since it opened a few years ago, the decor and atmosphere have been improved to match the level of the food. The service continues to make dining at Wa Jeal a pleasure. If I lived in the neighborhood, Wa Jeal would be one of my staples."
    Dined on 3/31/2013