1588 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10028Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
ChinesePrice: $30 and under
- 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
- Payment Options:
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
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.Continued
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Wa Jeal reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (5)great for lunch (4)romantic (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/10/2014Excellent, tangy Szechuan fare in a quiet spot on noisy Second AvenueI would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyed our mealbbdineDined on 9/27/2014I brought my 15 year old son and 14 friends here for a birthday dinner. The kids enjoyed the food, service was fast, and overall they had a great experience. We would come again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little oily but flavorfulsashaBVIPDined on 9/12/2014Ask for low oil. Main dishes tasty and plentiful. Many choices. Attentive service. Reasonably priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always excellentEDDIEDined on 9/8/2014This was out 3rd time at Wa Jeal, and have been extremely satisfied. The only criticism was the lamb chop main course.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 63 reviews are from the Wa Jeal reviews archive.
- SamanthaVIPDined on 7/18/2014Great food and candle lit tables for a nice mood. The service was fantastic and great recommendations.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Chinese in the UESMrCEVIPDined on 5/17/2014Good place for Chinese in the UES. Nice ambiance which is rare. Food was pretty decent. Service could have been more prompt.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AuthenticAngelaDined on 5/4/2014Excellent and very authentic Chinese food. Will definitely be back for more.Special Features:
- deliciouslarviarVIPDined on 4/28/2014Clean 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+!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Is this really my 'hood go-to?TwistedDryDined on 4/26/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious freshly prepared food!Susie618VIPDined on 4/11/2014We will definitely return. Our dinner was delicious - all ingredients very fresh and prepared at the moment. Lovely service and management too.
- pretty authentic Chinese foodOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 4/4/2014This place is as good as anything in Flushing or Chinatown. But with better ambiance!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unpretentious.Quiet, Lovelypleasetryit2Dined on 3/22/2014Unpretentious.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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rude waiterhungrypvVIPDined on 2/8/2014After 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.
- very friendly service. WeMomoVIPDined on 1/31/2014very 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was excellent, withfreqdinerVIPDined on 1/30/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Best Chinese food in NYCChineseFoodConnoisseurVIPDined on 1/25/2014This 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!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- They were happy to see us.EaterVIPDined on 1/18/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Met ExpectationsAdrienneECDined on 1/2/2014Décor, 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Food, Bad CocktailsJTNFDined on 12/31/2013Food was good, cocktails were expensive and bad. Really bad.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Good Chinese Foodeast87thDined on 12/25/2013Food 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- well prepared food and served.ruthpVIPDined on 12/25/2013well prepared food and served. Nice atmosphere. Does not look like typical chinese restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Chinese and not in Queens!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/23/2013A 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dependable Chinese food withEllenHDined on 11/30/2013Dependable Chinese food with a more unique menu than most. Excellent chicken with 1000 chili peppers. Would like to go back and try more dishes.Special Features:
- Delicious as AlwaysJakeVIPDined on 11/20/2013I'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!Special Features:
- Great for groupsOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 11/9/2013The 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 itSpecial Features:
- TastelessgipperDined on 11/1/2013Hard 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.
- PLEASNTLY SURPRISEDEDDIEDined on 10/15/2013ALTHOUGH 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ordinary ChinesemedalpersonDined on 9/21/2013We 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.Special Features:
- One of the very bestMaggieDined on 9/21/2013Wonderful 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.Special Features:
- Amazing Chilean Sea BassOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/27/2013We 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best chinese food I have ever eatenOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/27/2013From 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 backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- deliciousDavidVIPDined on 7/23/2013This is an excellent Szechuan restaurant with a very attractive and QUIET atmosphere. Interesting menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Little Gem in YorkvillenewfoodieDined on 7/23/2013I 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good foodDiner1111VIPDined on 7/21/2013Wa 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.)
- Chinese by CandlelightBrowserVIPDined on 7/5/2013The 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.Special Features:
- A CITY GEMOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/5/2013We 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.Special Features:
- probably best Sichuan foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/25/2013probably 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.Special Features:
- Delicious food in a calm andHomebodyVIPDined on 6/16/2013Delicious food in a calm and serene atmosphere. Service is warm and attentive.
- not bad but with so many choices-ehCandyLZVIPDined on 6/2/2013pros- 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
- Spicy SzechuanLaurenDined on 5/12/2013Chinese 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.