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Posted by Beth Clements on 10/09/2009
We wandered into Wa Jeal after an evening at the Met, and by the time we finished dinner we were thinking of leaving Tribeca for the east 80's. The food is sensational, fresh, unusual and beautifully presented, the flavors are clean and bright, and the menu is filled with things we've seen nowhere else and long to try. The spicy food is brilliant, and they even have snow pea shoots, the world's best green vegetable. Lucky upper east siders.
Posted by StephenH on 09/17/2009
This site should really have a category for delivery or a delivery option on atmosphere. But I digress.... I thought I would try this last night after reading the reviews. They told me at least half an hour for delivery but they got here in 20 minutes. Very friendly. I got the sesame noodles and the Tangerine Chicken. Loved the chicken. The noodles were very different from other sesame noodles I have gotten from other places. Much spicier and with a less pronounced nut taste. I think this is a great restaurant with an unusual menu. I am going to try them again and work my way around the menu and try some things that I don't usually see.
Posted by Jay D on 09/15/2009
Ate there last night with my wife and another couple. The dumplings were terrific, and both the prawns in light citrus sauce and the lamb dish were outstanding. Didn't care for the braised roasted duck, but that may have been a personal judgment. Service was slow even though the place was half empty. An excellent addition to UES choices.
Posted by UES Mayor on 09/09/2009
Have eaten here at least 8 times now since they opened recently. Everything has been very good. The smoked duck is totally addictive. Try it-you'll love it. Great addition to nabe.
Posted by LKM on 09/08/2009
This new place, open opnly 3 weeks, serves truly authentic Sichuan food. And I'm a Chinese food maven. If you don't like spicey stuff, then stay away -- though they will vary the strength to your taste. The menu is fascinating, unusual, and just beautiful to look at -- I wanted to take one home! Ate delicious Hacked chicken, and Wok-roasted Lamb Ribs w clili & cumin (when have you ever seen that on a menu!) There were at least 20 other dishes that I wanted to try; but was solo. Will return with others. No liquer license yet, so BYOB. Have not done Takeout, I wish I could, I'm a Westsider who was slumming. But this is a real find. Trust me, just go!
Posted by petetong41 on 09/03/2009
The food here is absolutely amazing. I ordered the Sichuan Pork Dumplings which were quite tasty and amazing for an appetizer. I also had the Wok Roasted Diced Chicken and it was incredible. I have eaten plenty of "spicy" food in NYC but this place is the only place that even tried to cater to my spicy cravings. The waters were exceptionally attentive and the food arrived just when it should. If you live or are in the Upper East Side I would advise you to check this place out.
Posted by Linda on 08/29/2009
The food here was absolutely delicious. They actually have three level of spiciness for those that want to kick it up a notch. The food was fresh, favorful and plentiful portions to share w/ the table. I would highly recommend the Wok Tossed Calamari w/ Hua Jiao-Spiced Salt. The menu has a wide list from your typical chinese take-out to dishes that are more authentic. The dessert, however, I would leave to the more adventurous if you are not accustomed to chinese desserts. The waiters were friendly and very helpful. They even came back to double check my order when I accidentally ordered an all chili pepper vegetable dish. Instead, he recommended the string beans w/ bamboo shoots, which was fabulous! Reminded us of home cooking. Definitely coming here again!