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||Contact:|
224 Lafayette St
|Cross street:||between Kenmare and Spring Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 8am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 6 to Spring St; N, R to Prince St; J to Bowery|
|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
This is a must-visit spot every time we come to NYC. The food is always on point and the Hot Toddy is one of a kind.
Went here for the first time with a friend for dinner and loved it! We went at around 6pm, the place was busy but not overly packed. It's a cozy little spot with a fun and affordable menu. I got the burger while my friend ordered the lasagna, both dishes were delicious.
Any place I can get a cup of matzo ball soup for brunch is a-okay with me. And this is one of the best cups I've had in New York, which is really saying something! The ambiance here is lovely, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious. A plus stuff!
Even the simplest ingredients here taste out of this world, like a greek yogurt topped with incredibly fresh slices of grapefruit and a sprinkling of sugar. I really love their shakshuka, along with their extensive selection of tea. Lines can be long but if you stop by early enough on a weekday, the tables turn pretty quickly.
Went to this place with my wife for my birthday brunch a few weeks ago. The place was packed but the tables seemed to turn pretty quickly. The waitstaff was friendly and kept checking on us while we were waiting which I appreciated. Once we were sat I had to decide between the Shakshuka or the Madame Freda sandwich. I decided to go with Madame Freda which was a delicous egg sandwich with duck pastrami, egg and gruyere cheese. It was fantastic - I never had duck pastrami before and it was lean and very tasty. I liked it so much I even ordered a side of duck bacon to go with it! Will be back for the Green Shakshuka!
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
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.
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.
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.