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Wa Jeal

4.4
4.4
293 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 396-3339

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 293 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4Value

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Chinese

  • Manhattan

    Chinese

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  1. NY

    NYCfoodie7

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was inedible. The pork main entree was tasteless, we left the pork dumplings on the serving dish uneaten, the sesame shrimp had some shells on it and was sweetened almost beyond eating. The pancakes were dry and served only with soy sauce…no plum sauce. Will not return. I should have taken heed of the reviews I read. Woeful
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!
  3. T

    Traveler

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We eat her often. It is a small local place on the UES. Food is solid. We do have two frequent issues with the food: 1. For me, not quite spicy enough for Shicuan food. I always have to ask for hot pepper oil on the side. 2. Not enough vegetables for most entré dishes. Plenty of meat, but we like more veg in our food. The place is well run and does a lot of take out. We live a 5 minute walk away, so we have never had the take out.
  4. j

    joseph

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pleasant setting good food. Fast service.
  5. T

    Traveler

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is a long term Sichuan restaurant on 2nd Ave in the UES. We went early, so it was quiet, but. a steady stream of takeout was going out the door. Bar - limited bar with good service (no Cointreau for example - forgiven) Food: very good. Not too salty, excellent ingredients and well cooked. Chicken with Cashews - well done, brown sauce, very tasty. Shrimp with peanuts and chili peppers. Very good. Shrimp cooked just right. Excellent dish. Hot and Sour soup with very nice. Total bill with drinks much more affordable than usual on the UES.
  6. A

    Anewyorkeater

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Why didn’t I get points?
  7. SH

    SHARPKNIFE

    Jacksonville

    175 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Back after a few years and everything was a s we remembered it. Wa Jeal is an excellent, non-assuming place for Chinese food.
  8. SG

    SallyG

    Salt Lake City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Too noisy for good conversation when full.
  9. B

    Betera

    New York Area

    180 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    We generally love Wa Jeal, so last night's poor service was a bit of a shock. Two of our party were served while one sat waiting for quite a while--we had to finally ask when his dinner would arrive. It is unusual for a restaurant in New York to serve a table when one meal is not yet ready, so we were surprised and not very happy. No one ever asked how our meal was or came by unless called over (for more tea, to replace the lukewarm soup, frankly for anything at all). We would have ordered dessert but none was offered. When we arrived home I noticed that one item meant to be in the takeout bag was missing. A small item, but one that I had specifically asked be included and confirmed by the server. So, all in all, a big disappointment and departure from the service we've had in the past.
  10. B

    Betera

    New York Area

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Wa Jeal, both for ordering in and returning to dine indoors. The space is so relaxing and lovely, with delightful and soothing music playing. The service is excellent, with engaging servers who patiently explain each dish. The food is top quality, copious portions, and beautifully presented. We will always return. Thanks!
  11. A

    Anewyorkeater

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Always good! We ear here a lot.
  12. m

    markiv

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    we had the spicy pork dumplings, a shredded beef with peppercorns and bok choy----all excellent and washed down with beer. It was a Monday night, so the place was quiet ---- usually a lot busier.
  13. AB

    AllisonB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been to Wa Jeal many times and it never disappoints. The food is great and the people who work there are so nice. We'll definitely be back.
  14. U

    Uptowndiner

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on all counts. Imaginative well spiced food, attentive but unobtrusive service. Highly recommended.
  15. B

    Betera

    New York Area

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, friendly service, and such a lovely setting. We often order in from Wa Jeal but are now ready to dine indoors and we're so glad we did. This restaurant is so relaxing and sweetly decorated--a respite from the cold on a chilly winter evening, We will return!
  16. DL

    DavidL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner. Great staff.
  17. n

    none

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the gentlemen made a delicious lychee martini, which was highlighted on the cocktail menu and more involved than the typical “mix in some lychee juice” variety; I had a simple vodka martini with a twist and both were made with a lot of love. The pork fried dumplings and general Tso’s (I asked for extra spicy which was just right) were among the best I’ve ever had, and the chicken and broccoli was as expected. In the pole position now as our go-to destination for eat-in and takeout Chinese food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Chinese food ever! Everything deliciously and carefully prepared, we can't wait to go back!
  19. IS

    ISPROUD

    New York Area

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside and it was very comfortable. Food was delicious. They should create a way to protect you outside if it rained/snowed...then I would gladly come back in all types of weather. I don't want to dine inside.
  20. ST

    SamuelT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and even better food. Definitely our go-to on the UES.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very attentive service, better wine list than most other Chinese restaurants, delicious and fresh food, fried items are greaseless and no stale oil flavors or smells. Love the tea-smoked duck, salt-and-pepper squid, Dan Dan noodles are a sure sign of a competent kitchen.
  22. P

    Patti

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. excellent waitstaff and the food was fantastic, especially the sesame beef.
  23. SQ

    SnoozyQzee

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, served hot from the kitchen. Though they are known for their spicy offerings, we were able to find really good non-spicy, yet flavorful, dishes. Moo Shoo Shrimp was especially good!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The good is healthy, fresh, and delicious. The staff is friendly. Great ambience too!
  25. H

    Hobokenken

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the most excellent Chinese restaurants in all of Manhattan.
  26. RB

    RobertB

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Great UES Asian. Well done.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat outside so ambience doesn’t apply the service was OK but they were busy inside so it was difficult to get service outside but they were still very nice and the food was good and I would go back again
  28. AD

    ApsaraDude

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience. Would highly recommend.
  29. p

    padolly

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, exceptionally delicious food. One of our party has celiac and the staff went above and beyond to make sure the ingredients in each dish were appropriate to her needs. The lacquered duck was succulent and there was plenty for 3–4 diners. Best cold chili noodles! We will definitely be back.
  30. MM

    MrMANGIA

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    SECOND TIME I WENT TO RESTAURANT AND THEY WERE CLOSED!!
  31. A

    Anewyorkeater

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We dine here often. Consistently good. Server knew from open table that my bday is coming up and brought a dessert.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very authentic and VERY delicious. The staff could not have been more hospitable. Looking forward to my next visit!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A much more interesting (authentic?) menu than most Chinese. Warm service.
  34. H

    Hobokenken

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still in my top 3 Chinese restaurants in NYC. Far and away better than most. Service is extremely friendly and helpful. Many dishes are quite spicy but they can lower the heat if you ask.
  35. JS

    JSNJ

    Charlotte

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great place, delicious food and excellent staff.
  36. VN

    VisitorNYC

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a lovely environment.
  37. F

    Fedwell

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is a great spot to satisfy your desire for spicy, hot Chinese. Food is always solid, a family favorite. More upscale then Other downtown spots, and with better food.
  38. MC

    MitchellC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great seafood
  39. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Have been here several times over the past several years. The food is getting progressively worse. Will not be going back. To make things worse the prices are rather high for bad Chinese food.
  40. f

    fgross

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I’ll be back

FAQs

Wa Jeal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Wa Jeal is rated 4.4 stars by 293 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Wa Jeal

1588 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

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