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1588 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Upper East Side
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Wa Jeal Details
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
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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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 11/2/2013
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 10/16/2013
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 9/22/2013
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 9/22/2013
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 7/28/2013
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 7/28/2013
This is an excellent Szechuan
restaurant with a very attractive and QUIET atmosphere. Interesting menu."
Dined on 7/24/2013
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 7/22/2013
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 7/6/2013
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 7/6/2013
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 6/26/2013
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 4/13/2013
Excellent food and service! Great
Dined on 4/11/2013
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 4/12/2013
great dan dan noodles. very good
dumplings. good mains. will have to find better mains for a better overall meal."
Dined on 4/6/2013
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
Visited this restaurant on a
holiday. Very comfortable seating for a party of five. There were other groups of four or five dining while we were there. This was the first time I encountered coconut scallops. We tried and they were tasty. My son tried the pumpkin cake and enjoyed it as well. We also had the Grand Marnier shrimp and the Lamb stirfry. Both were offerings not typically found on an Asian menu and both were quite delish. Kids had tofu dish and a fried rice dish and enjoyed those as well. The menu had everything you expected to see plus many new takes on traditional dishes to entice you. Our server was patient and very enjoyable."
Dined on 3/31/2013
Excellent, spicy Sichuan food at
very reasonable prices. Dishes exceed the usual range and the staff is friendly."
Dined on 3/21/2013
Much better than the average
neighborhood Chinese. Specializing in Szechuan/Hunan. Spicing is appropriate -- except for the sesame noodles, which are inedibly incendiary."
Dined on 3/14/2013
Hands down best Chinese food on
the Upper East Side. Perhaps the entire city--who knew?!"
Dined on 3/16/2013
Superb Chinese cuisine prepared in
very original and gourmet presentations. Sweet and pungent white meat chicken was delicately cooked and the sauce was tasty but not overly spicy. My tangerine beef was good, although the beef was well done and crunchy. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The place is not large but has very "cozy" seating. We were there before the high dinner hour so we had plenty of space."
Dined on 3/13/2013
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