Jack's Wife Freda

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Keith McNally protégé Dean Jankelowitz (Schiller's, Pastis, Balthazar) is behind this morning-to-evening café. The 40-seat restaurant—sporting dark-green leather banquettes, brass railings and marble counters—serves homey fare, like Jankelowitz's grandmother's matzo ball soup made with duck fat, a skirt steak sandwich served alongside hand-cut fries, and piri-piri-hot-sauce-marinated chicken kebabs. In the morning, find Stumptown coffee, homemade croissants and full breakfast plates, including soft-boiled eggs with challah "soldiers" (strips).
Venue name: Jack's Wife Freda
Address: 224 Lafayette St
New York
Cross street: between Kenmare and Spring Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to Spring St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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Are you looking for an affordable, homey, and delicious brunch spot in NYC? Jack's Wife Freda may be what you are after. I went there last weekend and it was perfect. The place is small, cozy, filled with younger crowd and their food was phenomenal. I ordered their Jack's Breakfast, which comes with Grilled Strip Steak, 2 Eggs (I ordered poached eggs), Grilled Tomato, Pickled Red Onions and Sourdough Toast. The steak was perfectly cooked to order (medium) and their poached eggs were really something else. I took lots of photos: www.gothamfoodporn.com

Maddie M

Went there on a Saturday around 1PM, so thought it'd be packed. Surprisingly, and to my delight, the tables moved pretty quickly so we were able to get seated within 10-15 minutes. Pretty cozy place. Friendly wait staff. I liked their special with avocado and eggs and smoked salmon. The watermelon cocktail was also delicious and very refreshing (made with real watermelon juice). I'd go again

Nicole G

I had high hopes based on the menu being varietal and including a lot of veggies. It turns out that the vegetarian entree was my least favorite. The chicken was perfect with the green cilantro jalapeño sauce. The zucchini and eggplant apps were nice too. The space is very small and always busy but service is great.

Shin S

They also have a second location on 50 Carmine Street between Bleecker and Bedford which gets great light. The watermelon juice is delicious and the Chicken Prego sandwich I had was just perfect. Fun atmosphere and very hospitable staff. Definitely a great addition to the West Village neighborhood.

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Top service, and a great menu.  Food was average (I had the greek salad and eggplant lasagne) but the main issue was the acoustics.  I couldn't hear a word my boyfriend was saying, but had the conversation of the people beside us blasted into my ear all evening.

Ant Man

This place is awesome-it's exactly what you need in the big city, great food, great vibe, warma and inviting. It's like everything I've ever eaten there was prepared especially for me-fresh and just plain good. My new favorite spot-any time of the day. Oh, and the staff and owners are very warm too-but not in an in your face way, cool vibe all around.