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“Excellent Quality Chinese Cuisine!”

Wa Jeal Sicuan Chili House
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Ranked #3,210 of 13,820 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality Chinese Cuisine!”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stumbled into this place while looking for another restaurant that we found out later went out of business (a Hungarian place). It was unusual seeig it in what used to be the old German and Hungarian Quarter of NYC, nevertheless, we were in for a treat! The menu was very authentic Sichuan Chinese and the food was by far some of the, if not the, best Chines I have had. The service was exceptionally friendly, not just our main female server, but also a gentleman that seemed to appear any time we needed anything and the other server wasn't around----still service was very non-intrusive and extremely polite and friendly. The Duck with Yam Cakes, Crispy Garlic Chicken, and the Chicken dish with Kung Pao sauce were excellent entrees we enjoyed. The Spicy Pork Dumplings, Veggie Dumplings and regular Pork Dunplings were wonderful starters. Also, the bar is worth a look. I was impressed with the flavor and quality of the classic Mai- Tai cocktail--no junky or cheap juices were used BUT there was definitely some good old Myers Rum in there (heavy pour too! LOL). Had we not been so hungry we might not have given this place a second look because were weren't originally out for Chinese. I am most happy we did discover this place though and would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting to try Chinese OUTSIDE of Chinatown. We will be back on our next trip.

  • Visited November 2011
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A lovely new UES restaurant, Wa Jeal is YUMMY. The portions are overly generous which allowed us all to share...”
Reviewed September 1, 2009

A lovely new UES restaurant, Wa Jeal is YUMMY. The portions are overly generous which allowed us all to share. Currently, it is a BYOB establishment but that will change soon. The prices are excellent ranging from $2.50 for a bowl of chicken corn egg drop soup, to $25.00 for seafood dishes. I recommend the Scallion Pancakes, which were arguably the best I have had in the city and my 3 friends each had their own order and agree. The entire menu comes off as being spicy but being someone who can not handle the spicy, I can handle most of the heat here. Also, they will place the spicy sauces on the side if you care to share with your date. The service is excellent and assist you at the table for some dishes such as the Moo Shoo Pork, which was also very good.

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