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About 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.

1588 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(212) 396-3339

Website:
http://www.wajealrestaurant.com/

Wa Jeal Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Spicy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (10)
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Authentic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Fun (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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food4
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service5
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·Dined 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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food5
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vip
 (Northern MI)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always good food and service.

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food4
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service5

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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food4
ambience4
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Spicy
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
1 person found this review helpful.
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food5
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Always wonderful, delicate food with notable taste.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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 !

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had a great lunch at Wa Jeal. Starting with scallion pancakes (yum) and ending with my chicken and broccoli (yum again) , the lunch deal (rice, main dish and soup) was very well priced and really delicious. The setting is wonderful--brick walls, and pretty decorations and the service excellent. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Our table was waiting when we got there, service was attentive and food was delicious...also, prices were reasonable

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Truly the best Chinese food experience of my life! The shrimp toast was flavorful and the exterior flakey. The Shrimp Lo Mein and Spicy Shrimp with Peanuts were equally amazing dishes. Our waitress managed to make both dishes not hot, but kept all the flavors. Even the tea was fragrant and amazing. We will be back.

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Had several appetizers and main dishes. We loved everything from the authentic to regular Chinese dishes

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 11, 2017

While in NY took our grandchildren. Fresh delicious food.
Everything was excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was excellent with friendly service! We heard this was a favorite of a two Michelin executive chef and we can see why! Will be back very soon! Thank you!!

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A favorite for the Chinese cuisine and the fine approach to it. Superb service and the place makes a great cocktail.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

One
Of
Our all time favorites and such a cozy comfortable
Place
With candlelight
Food is outstanding

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Love the food and they are always accommodating. We have gone there for many years. Food is incredible good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

It's great and we highly recommend it

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

My mom and I had Zhang Cha duck at Wa Jeal and it was so good!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Delicious food as always, and great service. The cold sesame noodles are especially good. Get them spicy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Amazing Chinese on ues
Peking duck is superb
Amy is always my server, she's kind and professional
It's fairly priced too
If you're on the ues hands down the best option

Tags: Outstanding Value, Casual, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

It is a wonderful step up in atmosphere and excellent tasting food while remaining cozy and but with a refined casual appeal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Wa Jeal is consistently one of the best Chinese restaurants on the ues
Peking duck is excellent and diced chicked kettuce wrap superior

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

OUTSTANDING - what a wonderful dining experience. Everything was delicious and the service was top-notch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Nice atmosphere. Cut above other Chinese restaurants in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Very nice all around. Rediscovered after the Second Avenue subway was completed last month. The wait staff are most helpful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Spicy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service! I ordered Gen Tso's tofu and wok fried fish and the combination was amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Tonight, on Saturday, January 28, 2017, the Chinese New Year, my wife, our friend and I had dinner there. Our friend wanted to have a fish dish and a vegetable dish. We had the crispy whole fish with pine nuts, which was delicious. We also had the baby eggplant with spicy garlic sauce. The food was excellent. My wife and I were too embarrassed to order another dish. Our dinner was not enough for three persons. I left there in hungry way. When we got home, I ate something more. My wife and I have ordered take-out many times from there. This was our first time to go to there. It was very crowded and noisy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Waited for an hour and left without being seated.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Delicious and great service. Don't expect good wine but expect yummy Chinese food.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The food was a real disappointment. It seems they have one brown sauce and they add one or more chilis depending on the heat you like. It was all tasteless.

Very sad that there are so few really good Chinese restaurants left in NYC. As China Fun as closed (not the best but ok), we were looking for a replacement. We will not go back.

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