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Wa Jeal

4.5
184 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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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
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(212) 396-3339
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Casual Dress
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What 184 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

An enjoyable evening meal. Fine wine list. Superb service. Return often because it's that good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was prepared fresh and all special requests were met perfectly! Service was prompt and unobtrusive. It’s our new favorite!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My father and I went on a Tuesday evening. He adored the sesame noodles and we both found the double cooked streaky pork delicious. Furthermore, the smoked half duck was just done right, although they did bring the wrong duck dish out at first (which looked good too).

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Wa Jeal is a good place to try! Interesting menu and good service. Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Creative menu - delicious too - beware - VERY spicy and hot (which we happen to love).

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Again a most enjoyable and tasty dinner. Easily one of the best Asian establishments on the UES. It is easy to understand why the regulars make this a mainstay in their dining excursions. Very solid wine list.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Place kept us waiting for over 20 minutes even with a reservation. What made whole experience negative was rather than apologizing when we complained about the wait the hostess began screaming at us and blaming open table for even having that time slot open for us in the first place. Then she also even blamed us by telling us that despite having a reservation we should have called before hand about wait and that somehow booking the time slot for the reservation a short while before was reason for wait -- even though one of the reasons we chose that restaurant was because that time slot was available to reserve. This was all conveyed in a high pitched nasty tone at our table. Apart from that lack of customer experience food was good. A pity as what was an unfortunate circumstance -- good waitress service and good food -- could have made up for wait and made us have a better dining experience -- if only the hostess had better a attitude and some customer service and just sincerely apologize for double booking and not tried to blame others for what was clearly her organizational and scheduling mistake.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very nice selection. Adequate wine list. Delicious preparations.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The duck and soup were tasty but nothing special. I'd say they'e done a good job of marketing themselves as something a step up from your neighborhood Chinese sit down joint. It's ok or good enough but nothing special. So go but lower expectations and go if you live nearby; don't travel for this.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This continues to be a wonderful spot for drinks and dinner. The wait staff and proprietor are gracious and welcoming. The menu is consistently fine. Unusual wine list. Worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Again, a fine place for a comfortable and well served meal on the upper east side. Always enjoyable with a most pleasant staff and relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Very good and thoughtful service with perfect recommendations.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This is a Chinese restaurant with a touch of class, meaning table cloths and candles.
Food is excellent. I have been here 4x and have never been disappointed. I suggest you ask the waiter to adjust the spice-level to your taste...they can tone it down when necessary. Lovely dumplings, pork, beef, shrimp in a wok, whole fish, great assorted mushrooms...the only thing I would avoid is the spare rib appetizer.
Never really noisy. Reliable service. Wines by the glass.
I'll be back.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The pros were that our waiter was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. In addition, the white tablecloths add a "dressed up" feeling to the place. The spiced peanuts at the beginning of the meal was a nice touch. The cons are that Wa Jael is just too expensive for good but not spectacular Chinese food. The prices for a bottle of wine are high for a place of this type, and the prices for the food are also out of line. Maybe if the portions were larger, I would not say this. I wish this place would lower their prices by 20%. That would get me back. Can they make a living paying New York rents at that price point? That I do not know.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent, spicy Szechuan fare in a quiet, dark Upper East Side boite

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service with neighborhood feel. Will go back!

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The food is well prepared and presented and the menu features dishes beyond standard Chinese restaurant offerings. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed and the music is muted. The lunch specials provide excellent value for the price.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Better UES Chinese food option in a neighborhood that lacks any really good Chinese restaurants. Corn soup fair (small bowl, $4.95--really!), scallion pancake ok, ribs fair. Spicy was not spicy despite chili icons on menu. Vert few good vegetarian options. Soft tofu--only.
Unbelievable that marinated, pressed tofu not on menu. Large menu of mostly ubiquitous choices for everyone else. Like everywhere else with white table cloths is overpriced. Friendly, prompt service.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and nice decor, not typical Chinese, when was the last time you had tablecloth and a real candle stick on your table at a local Chinese restaurant?

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent. High quality Chinese.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

This Upper East Side spot is a fine restaurant with a well selected menu. The wine listing is pleasantly surprising because it is heavily Italian and it compliments the spicier Asia entrees. Very nice job feeding the neighborhood. The wait staff could not be more pleasant.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food, service, cozy and relatively quiet. And Michelin lusted too! We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was excellent. As a vegetarian I had to ask about every dish & had to have the chef cook special a few dishes (that you’d think were vegetarian) b/c it had a stock or fish base normally.

The chef was willing to accommodate which was nice.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Food is great. Service is great. Prices are reasonable. What is not to like?

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Superb Sichuan food--which does NOT mean overly spicy. There were many non-spicy choices on their large menu, and one could get the degree of spiciness adjusted to your personal taste on all of the dishes which the menu identifies as spicy. Great seafood choices and overall a perfect restaurant for those who enjoy seriously good regional Chinese cooking. Not inexpensive, but good value.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Wa Jeal is a fine Upper East Side restaurant with Asian creativity and small but much appreciated wine list. Not only neighborhood crowd but out-of-towers have discovered this wonderful Second Avenue spot.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Fantastic, friendly service. The waitress couldn't have been more helpful. Food was good and it was a nice, quiet, cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

A favorite! Love the Dan Dan noodles, chicken and spinach soup, herbed bamboo salad, tea smoked duck... haven't had a dish that wasn't

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Wa Jeal is a real joy. Excellent Szechuan cuisine, with a friendly and neighborhood atmosphere. Would go back again and again if I lived in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was excellent. Service top notch. It is a quaint restaurant. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Always good food and service.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious and authentic, service was great and totally relaxed atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Coming from Asia, found it to be very ordinary fare. The indifferent service didn't help either. Not worthy of the high reviews that attracted us to this "average" restaurant

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Again another superb meal with fine service at this convenient and welcoming Upper East Side restaurant. Wait staff are always accommodating and helpful - ever attentive. Nothing quite like it in the neighborhood and vicinity. Never rushed. Worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Such a pretty place--candles, brick wall, cozy and serene. Wonderful food, very generous portions and excellent service. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

This is our favorite Chinese restaurant in the UES. Very cozy ambiance, service is outstanding, food is always fresh and delicious. Highly recommend!!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Always wonderful, delicate food with notable taste.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

The service was excellent and the food fantastic! I definitely recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Again, very solid UES restaurant with most pleasant and helpful staff, great bar and kitchen.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

The service there was great! They reminded me when I ordered too much and offered us a delicious appetizer for free. I must thank them for packing extra that delicious appetizer for my kid !

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