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Wu Liang Ye

338 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.749711 -73.977344
nr. 39th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-370-9648 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Mon-Fri, 11:30am-10pm; Sat-Sun, noon-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

20th St. to 60th St., First Ave. to Sixth Ave.


This venue is closed.

This branch of the Wu Liang Ye mini-chain won't win any design awards: Walls have nature prints and a painting of a Chinese court scene; the green tiles and wall trim are standard issue. But the clientele of single diners and small groups of friends are simply after fiery Szechuan food. The chilled noodles with spicy sesame vinaigrette are served with a tangle of spaghetti-like noodles heaped over a savory sauce lit with the blood-orange glow of chili oil. The mild noodles, sweet sesame, sharp vinegar, and chili oil combine to make the dish much greater than its parts. And the addictive steamed Chengdu dumplings swim in a broth made with chili oil—the pockets of pork and greens play well against the spicy sauce. For main courses, it's hard to beat the enormous prawns, battered with their shells on and then fried in a wok. They’re heavily salted and sprinkled with a spice mixture that carries the tingle of Szechuan peppercorns. Another popular choice, the braised beef filets and Napa cabbage with roasted chili, is more meat than green, with a garlicky sauce broken up by steamed cabbage, shards of crisp celery, and slightly chewy marinated beef.

Recommended Dishes

Chilled noodles with spicy sesame vinaigrette, $4.95; braised beef filets and Napa cabbage with roasted chili, $14.95; wok-roasted prawns with pepper-spiced salt, $18.95