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Posted by Nagaer on 01/11/2010
I really am happy to see Wa Jeal come to our neighborhood. The food is delicious and whether we have it delivered or dining there is a very pleasant experience. The restaurant is very clean and friendly, and currently it's BYOB. I would recommend getting the sauces on the side to control the flavors. The chili garlic soy sauce can be overpowering on some dishes. Love the Sichuan pork dumplings and the chicken lettuce wraps.
Posted by Sporge on 01/03/2010
After reading all of the reviews here I decided to try Wa Jeal. I am somewhat familiar with the varied types of Chinese foods from different provinces in China. I also know that Chinese food in the USA is completely different from Chinese food in China. The Chinese food in the US is Americanized and served differently then their China counterparts. Unless you go and eat at the "local only" Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. then you will know what I mean by completely different then American Chinese restaurants. Most Americans would not eat at a local-only type Chinese restaurant because the food they would see would not look like the appetizing and some would be viewed as disgusting. However, the food at Wa Jeal was pretty good and flavorful. We ordered 6 dishes and all were tasty. Overall I think it's a pretty good Chinese restaurant in the Upper East Side. My other favorite is in the East Village called Sammy's at 11th St on 6th Ave. Enjoy!
Posted by anonymous on 01/03/2010
easily the best on the upper east side (which is not saying much). i ordered in tonight, and the food is really good. this will be my "go to" place for chinese going forward. thank the lord there is an eatible chinese place on the UES.
Posted by zsj on 12/19/2009
I'm a Chinese person from Sichuan province and I'm a food critic. This is a poor Sichuan restaurant, as Wu Liang Ye. How dare they call themselves a sichuan restaurant! I've given them 3 chances now and I've never been satisfied. The double cooked pork belly is unchewable; the spicy sesame noodle is way too sweet. Those are simple, typical Sichuan dishes, and they obviously just can't do them right. I can't believe all these reviews. While this restaurant is better than some other Chinese restaurants on the UES, that doesn't mean it is a good Chinese restaurant. It just means that they don't have any real competition. I feel so sad how bad chinese food has became in America. If you want to try some real Sichuan food, go to Spicy and Tasty in Flushing. This is the best I've been to in America and most closely resembles how real Sichuan food should taste.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2009
I moved away from the UES for 9 months. . . and Wu Liang Ye closed! It was the *only* good Sichuan restaurant here. It turns out that the chef and staff simply moved to Wa Jeal. The menu is almost identical to the previous restaurant, and the cooking is as good. Be sure to get the Chef's Specials that are Sichuan in origin, like wok seared lotus root, prawns, or chicken; braised fish with napa cabbage and roasted chili; double cooked pork; and (under the noodles section) the braised beef in noodle soup. Spicy and perfect for a cold night! I also loved Wu Liang Ye's cold appetizers such as the poached beef and five spiced beef tendon, but haven't had the time to try them here yet, but given how similar the current place is, I'm sure I'll love them. Delivery is fast and courteous, and usually well-packed and hot. If you can't make it to Flushing, then definitely come to Wa Jeal.
Posted by DLJU on 11/30/2009
This is the first time i have ordered from Wa Jeal. Whenever i order from a new place, i start with the basics. I ordered Hot and Spicy soup and General Tso's chicken with white meat. The soup was delicious - among the best i've ever had. The General Tso's sauce was very tasty, but the chicken was luke warm and the breading was extremely soggy. i don't live that far away from the place so i guess it either sat around the kitchen a while before being delivered, or i was last on the delivery person's route. I'll definitely try this place again, but i won't get anything that is breaded/fried...
Posted by Michael Miller on 11/22/2009
Wa Jeal has a nice atmosphere with great service and great food. I used to love Wu Liang ye, but this place is better for dining in. This is upscacle chinese for only a few dollars more than your averages hole in the wall Chinese joint. It is even BYOB for now, maybe for a few more weeks. The texture of the shrimps dishes is great without being mushy or rubbery. The General Tso's Chicken with White Meat strips($2) extra for white meat is one of the best things off of a Chinese restaurant menu. Almost everything on the $6.95 lunch menu is a good deal. The soups are slightly better than the average Chinese restaurant. The vegetable fried rice that is included with the lunch is tasty and somewhat healthy, while still being flavorful. The delivery people are fast and say thank you for a $2 tip, which is not the case with all delivery people. As far as dinner goes, it is obviously more money, but still worth it for consistent Chinese food and quick service