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.