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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
Posted by Tomtenbob on 11/14/2009
Having lived recently for a time in Flushing, I was totally spoilt for great food. It's true what they say: once you taste how good Chinese food can be, you never want to eat from your corner greasy wok place again. I had thought that Grand Sichuan was my only option in Manhattan outside of Chinatown that wouldn't kill my wallet, but Wa Jeal has made it possible for me to order Chinese take out or delivery (or eat in!) and truly enjoy my meal. The food here is fantastic, fresh and full of spice and flavour. It is miles ahead of every other Chinese place I have tried in the surrounding area.
Posted by citykid99 on 11/14/2009
The young man who took my order over the phone was extremely nice. Also, the delivery took about 15/20 minutes or so (I also live very close by). Good food (we had lunch portions). Would definitely order here again.
Posted by Allison on 10/28/2009
just ate there last night, ordered the shrimp dumplings, tasted VERY fresh, the sichuan pork dumplings, EXTREMELY spicy but very tasty and you get 9 of them! and the cold spicy sesame noodles, not so spicey, had a nice creamy peanuty taste to them. for the mains we stuck to pretty simple things, all generously portioned and very good. service was a little slow but with so much delicious food you dont really mind. a bit more expensive than other places but the quality is so much better its worth it. cant wait to go back!
Posted by Nick on 10/28/2009
It's not fair to call this Chinese food. Chinese is (usually) one step above fast food, and two steps to the left of cafeteria food. This, on the other hand, tastes as good or better than food in Beijing. My only worry is that they'll get too busy to continue to produce at this level. It's amazing. Note: the portions are not large and the prices are not small. Still, if you want to eat food that actually tastes great and is extremely well-prepared, this is worth a try.
Posted by anonymous on 10/27/2009
I have ordered delivery from Wa Jeal often and am consistently pleased with their food. However, I took my parents to the restaurant Sunday night and had to wait an incredibly loong time between courses for our food to come out. In the meantime, I saw many delivery orders being completed. It is completely unacceptable to fulfull delivery orders that come in AFTER customers who are dining in have placed their orders. To make matters worse, they served a table of their acquaintences ahead of us. Note, they arrived after us. The delay in food was not only raised by my table but by other tables as well.
Posted by Marin on 10/24/2009
Thrilled there is finally incredible Chinese food on the Upper East Side. It's not exactly cheap-Chinese, but it is well worth paying a bit more. The Pork Dumplings in the Chili sauce are a must try. I've been recommending this place to everyone I know. Eat here!