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Wa Jeal

4.5
176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Spicy (11)
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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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Phone number
(212) 396-3339
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Casual Dress
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What 176 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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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