Wa Jeal

4.9
275 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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vipISPROUD
New York Area
138 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.

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vipSamuelT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSnoozyQzee
New York Area
69 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHobokenken
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most excellent Chinese restaurants in all of Manhattan.

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vipRobertB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Great UES Asian. Well done.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 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

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vipApsaraDude
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience. Would highly recommend.

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vippadolly
New York Area
58 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.

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vipMrMANGIA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

SECOND TIME I WENT TO RESTAURANT AND THEY WERE CLOSED!!

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
92 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHobokenken
New York Area
89 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.

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vipJSNJ
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place, delicious food and excellent staff.

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vipVisitorNYC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely environment.

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vipFedwell
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 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.

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MitchellC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great seafood

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Mark
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 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.

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vipfgross
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ll be back

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vipKtLu
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

My husband and I have visited Wa Jeal on many occasions. Especially on the Chinese New Year. Over the years we noticed the attention to detail and the quality of the service is rather diminishing. Sure, we noticed that some of the "regulars" were greeted very warmly and paid attention to. But for the rest of the guests it was in and out experience, efficient, good food but that's all. Especially disappointed as tonight was the Chinese New Year Eve and there was no special menu, nor aknowlidgement like it used to be in the past years.

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vipSHARPKNIFE
Jacksonville
160 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been awhile since visiting Wa Jeal, but delighted by having an excellent meal. One of the best Chinese restaurants in New York.

JM
vipJohnM
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always friendly staff and always excellent Sichuan cuisine

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Redbaron
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We totally enjoyed the dining experience

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RuthS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great yo me a good neighborhood rest. Food very fresh inventive and they couldn’t be nicer. Nicer than any around

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viprichard45
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here on Christmas day. They were quite full but honored our reservation on time. The service was fast and attentive and the food was quite good. We had the seafood hot and sour soup which while on the hot side (it is a Sichuan restaurant) was fresh and flavorful. The table spacing is a little tight, but this is not surprising for a restaurant in a high rent area. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice and would return here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WaJeal exceeded our expectations for our party of 6 on Christmas evening. It was a very busy night but the entire staff was friendly, efficient and accommodating. The food was excellent, came hot and ingredients were fresh.

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Calamari
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not disappointed! The tangerine chicken, calamari, and hot sour soup was perfect.

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vipShabH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always great!!! Luv the peking duck and spinach & ckn soup!!

Amy is the best server

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vipKishka
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love it here

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vipFoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

General Tso chicken was amazing and prepared mild as requested. Service was attentive and professionally pleasant. I will most certainly come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good

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vipYujinB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant settings with authentic food. Staff are very professional and kind to accommodate our dinner for my birthday celebration to help taking pictures, recommending good dishes to order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I try to get to this place every time we’re in Manhattan. Everything we’ve had here is great.This time we tried the Szechuan dumplings, poached scallops with green beans, braised flounder and Ma Po tofu. All were delectable, and our server was especially capable and attentive.

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vipSparky
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really like General Tzso's chicken. Think food is best Chinese on UES. Prices reasonable, and orders prepared very quickly

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JoeConcierge
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wa Jeal fits a unique niche between the lower-end Asian restaurants and the luxury orientation of restaurants such as Shun Lee. A diverse menu agreeable for most diners and an upscale wine list available as well. Portion sizes adequate and perfect for family sharing style. A nice opportunity for a more upscale dining experience on the Upper East Side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here every time we come to New York. Wish we lived closer. Love this restaurant.

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just mediocre, which was disappointing given the dearth of good Chinese restaurants on the UES.

FAQs

Wa Jeal does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Wa Jeal is rated 4.9 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.