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Posted by Jean on 10/19/2014
Okay, I've just decided I won't go back or order delivery from here again. I'm a huge fan of Szechuan food, and know a bit about it since 1) I grew up eating it at home, and 2) my extended family is all from Chonqing and know their food, and 3) I've been to many Szechuan restaurants around New York. This place has the most sub par beef noodle soup I've ever eaten. Where is the beef flavor? Where is the rich broth simmered over days? They warned me that it won't be spicy Taiwanese style--fine I can add hot pepper--but not beefiness. I even asked the receptionist to call me if they can't deliver the proper flavor--since this wasn't the first time--and what came had maybe a bouillon thrown in last minute. And when I called to complain about this and the fried lotus root--there were slivers of root buried in thick dough--the person who answered the phone told me no one ever complains about the lotus root and just hung up on me. I didn't even get to tell her about the slightly not fresh fish we ordered. Given my $70 order, I am angry. It's not right that just because people don't complain, that they don't listen and make appropriate changes.
Posted by Robert on 07/23/2014
This is a shockingly great achievement, and New Yorkers are blessed with such amazing food. I have never had such good Chinese food in NYC until Wa Jeal. Everything on the menu is fantastic and fresh. Similar dishes at Szechuan Gourmet do not come close in taste or freshness to Wa Jeal. Even Wa Jeal's soups are tremendous. The place is addicting, and you'll look forward to trying things you haven't yet ordered. The atmosphere is extremely comfortable and relaxing. Real taper candles on the tables, too. Everything is done right, everything.
Posted by marc on 07/07/2014
No place on the UES comes even close. Super delicious authentic Sichuan food, consistently high quality, very friendly staff and great service when eating there, and reasonably fast delivery. No reason to go anywhere else for your Chinese food on the UES.
Posted by margaret on 07/02/2013
Best conch .tofu and string bean dishes in town
Posted by Andrew on 11/01/2012
One of the better Chinese restaurants in the City, actually. Was taken there by two young women from Shanghai, and they said some dishes (e.g. the oxtail appetizer) were better than what they'd had at home. In any event, it's real-deal Sichuan style excellence on a par with Grand Sichuan in Chelsea or anything in Chinatown (no soup dumplings on the menu, though). If you're a fan of legit NYC Chinese restaurants like Congee Village and Grand Sichuan, you've found your UES resource. If you just want b.s. America Chinese like wonton soup and shirley temples, order from Chef Ho's or the like. This is a different animal.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/11/2012
I wanted to try a new chinese delivery restaurant and the reviews seemed pretty good for Wa Jeal. I ordered hot and sour soup and General Tso's chicken. It was more expensive than what i'm used to paying, took an hour for delivery, and the chicken is very bland (even though I requested medium spicy) and soggy (even though I asked for extra crispy). Its so mushy and flavorless that I don't think I'll eat it....and I love general tso's chicken. This was supposed to be a special treat since I've been dieting...but now it looks like i'll only eat soup for dinner. : (
Posted by Simon on 04/04/2012
Whether dining in or delivery, this place is the best you can get anywhere near here, period. End. of. Story. They are easy to order with, retain your card on file, remember your usual orders (if you order enough, which I do, because it is awesome). Inside is a great experience too. Great waitress, short time till food is on your plate, and always right there with water or anything, but not in your face. If we didn't have them on the UES, we would be totally screwed for Chinese. Because trust me, I've tried every single other one and none of them can even do a basic pork fried rice or even boneless spare rib anywhere remotely near correct.