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

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.