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Wa Jeal Sicuan Chili House

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Upper East Side
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1588 2nd Avenue, New York City, NY 10028
+1 212-396-3339
12:00 - 22:30
Closed now
All 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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New York City, New York
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209 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Edecia
New York City, New York
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1,547 reviews
788 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank robcurtross
New York City, New York
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank laura s
New York City, New York
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627 reviews
421 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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.

Thank KKua
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282 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank weyl-59
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225 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Bruno S
New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Having lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 2 decades, I've had my fair share of take out and Chinese food. This is my family's go-to restaurant and our #1 recommendation for new neighbors. While Sichuan cuisine may be a little spicy for some, they also have a range of non-spicy dishes that are delightful.

Thank NYC_family_of_four
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We had Sichuan dumplings and stir fried beef. Both were delicious. Great service and affordable price. Definitely a nice discovery.

Thank Federico M
Oxted, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

One of my family's most treasured places to get our chilli kicks in the city. Service is excellent. We even had a family party here several years ago, and the quality of the food remained high. Some favourites are fish with chilli and nappa cabbage, oxtongue a tripe, beef with chilli, and cumin lamb. The spicy peanuts with sicuan peppercorns... More 

Thank marissssa500
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Try to get to the lunch time if you're looking for bargain. You'll get a nice family attitude, tasty food and caring stuff in any case. We just loved the place

Thank eter-nati

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1588 2nd Avenue, New York City, NY 10028
  • 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
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