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.
Very nice selection. Adequate wine list. Delicious preparations.
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.
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.
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.
Very good and thoughtful service with perfect recommendations.
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.
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.
Excellent, spicy Szechuan fare in a quiet, dark Upper East Side boite
Great food and service with neighborhood feel. Will go back!
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.
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.
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?
Food was excellent. High quality Chinese.
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.
A wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food, service, cozy and relatively quiet. And Michelin lusted too! We will be back soon.
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.
Food is great. Service is great. Prices are reasonable. What is not to like?
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.
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.
Fantastic, friendly service. The waitress couldn't have been more helpful. Food was good and it was a nice, quiet, cozy atmosphere.
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
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.
The food was excellent. Service top notch. It is a quaint restaurant. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back.
Always good food and service.
Delicious and authentic, service was great and totally relaxed atmosphere.
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
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.
Such a pretty place--candles, brick wall, cozy and serene. Wonderful food, very generous portions and excellent service. Thanks!
This is our favorite Chinese restaurant in the UES. Very cozy ambiance, service is outstanding, food is always fresh and delicious. Highly recommend!!
Always wonderful, delicate food with notable taste.
The service was excellent and the food fantastic! I definitely recommend this restaurant!
Again, very solid UES restaurant with most pleasant and helpful staff, great bar and kitchen.
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 !
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!!
Our table was waiting when we got there, service was attentive and food was delicious...also, prices were reasonable
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.
Had several appetizers and main dishes. We loved everything from the authentic to regular Chinese dishes
While in NY took our grandchildren. Fresh delicious food.
Everything was excellent
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!!