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Wa Jeal Sicuan Chili House

$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Upper East Side
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1588 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10028-4120
+1 212-396-3339
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11:30 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A neighborhood must go to place if you're interested in spicy Sichuan food. Dan dan noodles are great, as is thousand chillies chicken. Surprisingly their Peking duck is one of the best I've ever tried in three continents and they always have it available (no need to order it ahead). Service is always friendly and helpful and ambiance is relaxing... More 

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Thank Robin C
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The foods can be very hot so ask for extra spice on the side. Some of the dishes the lamb with cumbersome n and I be fish are fabulous. Others just sent miss the mark by if the out know what you want it is delish. We usually order delivery as it is rather noisy. Love the spice but be... More 

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Thank Allan S
New York City, New York
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443 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Please do not order the standardized American-Chinese food you will find at the neighborhood take out establishments. Ask the waitstaff for recommendations on what real Sichuan residents eat. As usual, avoid seafood dishes. Sichuan is landlocked and their fish is often overspiced to compensate for lack of flavor in the freshwater fish. Other than that, it's my go-to restaurant to... More 

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Thank KKua
New York City, New York
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864 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I enjoyed this restaurant several months ago, and so had a delivery tonight. It was the worst Chinese food I have ever had. The corn and egg drop soup had absolutely no taste, even after adding lots of mustard and soy sauce -- three spoonfuls, one of each combination -- out it went. The whole roasted fish had no taste... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

A recent take out from this favourite East Side joint, failed us on all accounts. In the past it was always way above average Chinese eateries in NYC. Baby shrimp doughy and soggy, veggies limp and tasteless. Ribs and beef cold and souless foods. Aand the worst was that after eating that out of respect for all last positive experiences,... More 

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Thank Edecia
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

standard Chinese/American dishes. The mushroom soup and chicken broth tonight was really outstanding, with an excellent flavor profile and not too much so. The chicken dish was very well flavored with a variety of tastes and spiced exactly to our request. Service is fast and efficient, and the place has been recently been spruced up.

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Thank robcurtross
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a very solid Szechuan restaurant. We've been eating here since they opened and we all thought the meal the other night was one of the best ever. Don't miss Chef Ma Paul's crispy fish and tofu or the spicy Szechuan dumplings. Dee is a wonderful and accommodating server.

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Thank laura s
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I can't rave enough about the quality of food here. Now, I've tried everything on the menu that's worth sampling. So, when in doubt, ask the waitstaff for new items or recommendations for what to have for dinner. Please stay away from Cantonese and American-Chinese standards. You deserve better.

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Thank KKua
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

A very good Chinese restaurant on the upper east side. Many good choices -- definitely recommend the spicy Sichuan pork dumplings. Reasonable wine selection.

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Thank weyl-59
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Seating is quick, service attentive and fast and the menu has lots of choices at different spice levels. All dishes were very good and we couldn't believe we ate it all. Drinks menu as well. Very highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1588 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10028-4120
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-396-3339

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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