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Wa Jeal

4.4
177 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Spicy (10)
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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 177 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBill (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipElenaA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Very good and thoughtful service with perfect recommendations.

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vipJewel (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipEater (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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seenitall (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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vipEllemay (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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Ktwil14 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent. High quality Chinese.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipbarbara (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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rsmithandco (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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FoodieNav (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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vipMatthewmonika (Northern MI)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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east87th (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Always good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipBetera (New York Area)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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!!

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Jonahb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Always wonderful, delicate food with notable taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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