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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVisitorNYC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely environment.

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vipFedwell
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a great spot to satisfy your desire for spicy, hot Chinese. Food is always solid, a family favorite. More upscale then Other downtown spots, and with better food.

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MitchellC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great seafood

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Mark
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Have been here several times over the past several years. The food is getting progressively worse. Will not be going back. To make things worse the prices are rather high for bad Chinese food.

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vipfgross
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ll be back

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KtLu
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

My husband and I have visited Wa Jeal on many occasions. Especially on the Chinese New Year. Over the years we noticed the attention to detail and the quality of the service is rather diminishing. Sure, we noticed that some of the "regulars" were greeted very warmly and paid attention to. But for the rest of the guests it was in and out experience, efficient, good food but that's all. Especially disappointed as tonight was the Chinese New Year Eve and there was no special menu, nor aknowlidgement like it used to be in the past years.

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vipSHARPKNIFE
Jacksonville
147 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been awhile since visiting Wa Jeal, but delighted by having an excellent meal. One of the best Chinese restaurants in New York.

JM
vipJohnM
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always friendly staff and always excellent Sichuan cuisine

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vipRedbaron
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We totally enjoyed the dining experience

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vipRuthS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great yo me a good neighborhood rest. Food very fresh inventive and they couldn’t be nicer. Nicer than any around

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viprichard45
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here on Christmas day. They were quite full but honored our reservation on time. The service was fast and attentive and the food was quite good. We had the seafood hot and sour soup which while on the hot side (it is a Sichuan restaurant) was fresh and flavorful. The table spacing is a little tight, but this is not surprising for a restaurant in a high rent area. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice and would return here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WaJeal exceeded our expectations for our party of 6 on Christmas evening. It was a very busy night but the entire staff was friendly, efficient and accommodating. The food was excellent, came hot and ingredients were fresh.

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Calamari
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not disappointed! The tangerine chicken, calamari, and hot sour soup was perfect.

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vipShabH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always great!!! Luv the peking duck and spinach & ckn soup!!

Amy is the best server

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vipKishka
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love it here

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vipFoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

General Tso chicken was amazing and prepared mild as requested. Service was attentive and professionally pleasant. I will most certainly come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good

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vipYujinB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant settings with authentic food. Staff are very professional and kind to accommodate our dinner for my birthday celebration to help taking pictures, recommending good dishes to order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I try to get to this place every time we’re in Manhattan. Everything we’ve had here is great.This time we tried the Szechuan dumplings, poached scallops with green beans, braised flounder and Ma Po tofu. All were delectable, and our server was especially capable and attentive.

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vipSparky
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really like General Tzso's chicken. Think food is best Chinese on UES. Prices reasonable, and orders prepared very quickly

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JoeConcierge
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wa Jeal fits a unique niche between the lower-end Asian restaurants and the luxury orientation of restaurants such as Shun Lee. A diverse menu agreeable for most diners and an upscale wine list available as well. Portion sizes adequate and perfect for family sharing style. A nice opportunity for a more upscale dining experience on the Upper East Side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here every time we come to New York. Wish we lived closer. Love this restaurant.

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just mediocre, which was disappointing given the dearth of good Chinese restaurants on the UES.

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vipGale
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointed in the food. Was always great.

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vipRobertB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine and superb staff.

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vipConnieZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious food and very nice and efficient service

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vipAuntieYumYum
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place!

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CharlesM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Chinese restaurant in the upper eadt side.

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vipJackR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food in a nice atmosphere. A cut above the average Chinese restaurant.

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JeremyF
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Solid reasonably authentic Sichuan food in a super convenient location. What I really appreciate is that while you can get plenty of Americanized classics you can also go off-menu and get more traditional dishes from the province. A great neighborhood option!

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vipShabH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Peking duck is one of best in city! Luv the spinach and ckn soup! Highly recommend if u like chinese food. Do great take out as well

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ThomasH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was excellent. Service was very good. We had two vegetarians and they loved their food. They say it is one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood and I agree

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vipLaverneB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great romantic restaurant, I really enjoyed the candle light at my table. The food was super mature, I loved the favored peanuts while I waited for my meal. A million thanks for a great experience.

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JohnR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location and ambience. My on-line reservation didn't go through, but they made room for our party of six anyway, despite being very busy. Just about everything is terrific. Love this place.

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viphockeymom
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food for neighborhood Chinese restaurant. Service is excellent and ambience better than most in the area. Definitely would recommend!

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YoungL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best Mapa Tofu ever. Great service and value.

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Babs2185
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. One of my favorite restaurants- Asian or not.

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LiLi
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They do such a lovely job in being welcoming. The food is delicious too!

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vipJtheGourmet
New England
108 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Other than the Peking duck other dishes just miss being very good. Too much salt and sauces not quite the richness or complex spiciness one would expect.

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ChrisL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good!

FAQs

Wa Jeal does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates.

Wa Jeal is rated 4.6 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.