Jack's Wife Freda - Carmine Street

4.7
264 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Casual
We are accepting reservations at this location. We currently have indoor and outdoor dining! We always accept walk-in's. Please be mindful of the limited space--reservations will be held for 15 minutes past their scheduled reserved time, if you are running late please give us a call.

Jack's Wife Freda is a lively all-day bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking and classic cocktails in understated digs.

We serve an all day menu 7 days a week.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 264 people are saying
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mlc91
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great vibes and good menu for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner. Food felt light and fresh with plenty of options to meet anyone’s needs.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food was great. Better than the service over in SoHo location!

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DaveP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Food is delicious. We sat outside in 40 degree weather and the heaters made it super comfortable and the people watching on Carmine is great. Staff was very attentive. Prices are reasonable... really this is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We waited 30 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! A little loud when sitting inside as there were other big parties seated as well, but to be expected on a buzzing Saturday night! .

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vipBakertaitague
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were a little disappointed by the food and service quality but hope it was just an odd day and will give it a go again

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never cried while eating a meal until now

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VirginiaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint restaurant with fantastic food and excellent service.

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vipTerri
Toronto
59 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have had this restaurant on my list for years and was excited to finally go and to bring my friends. While the food was good, the service was very mediocre. The servers were not attentive at all (had to be called over on more than one occasion to order and for drink replenishments) and were lacking in engagement with patrons. It wasn’t busy (we had an early reservation before a show) and there seemed to be a lot of chatting amongst servers vs customers. The timing of dishes was off as well, having their famous matzo ball soup arrive with our main meals. We didn’t tell them we were in a hurry for a show (because they didn’t interact with us!), so there was no need for the poor timing. Not sure I would recommend this place because of the service. Perhaps we just had a team of new servers who need a little more experience; but our dining experience was not good.

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vipTriBeCaFan
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive, the food was brought out hot and fresh and tasted great. The atmosphere is comfortable and engaging, perfect for what we wanted for two friends catching up. Safety protocols were followed right away, which always makes me feel at ease. I would definitely go back.

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VivianZ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Expensive for the amount of food. The chicken kebab was dry

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vipPaulL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A proper bistro style yet fresh and light, cozy bar, clean thoughtfully prepared food, excellent quality control. The salt and pepper eggplant with tzatziki was delighful - delicate puffs of tender thai style eggplant salty and then a light dab of creamy fresh tzatziki. The kafta kebabs were intensely flavored, good for appetizer portion we ordered. Whole fish was solid, well executed, too bad I dont like branzino, even so, no complaints for freshness or prep. A carafe of cotes de rhone and a pair oban 14 with the flourless chocolate cake - we finished the whiskey but the cake was too much chocolate intensity for a pair that orders desseer once a year! A repeat visit for us, very pleased especially given how hard most restaurants have been hit. The place was loud, lots of a young groups at tables, no one at the bar…..

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DrLoriC
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find for out-of-towners! We had a delightful breakfast here on our quick NYC trip - I'm so glad Jack's Wife Freda made our list of places to try. The menu is unique; the food delicious and unexpected; and the service impeccable. Wonderful and quaint restaurant! Highly recommend :-)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff, from the hostesses to the waitresses and servers, was incredibly nice and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service

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LorenaR
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was our first time there and it wasn’t as expected. We paid almost 100 dollars for two breakfasts. We just ask for two eggs with bacon and fries, juice and coffee. The place is cute but its not worth it

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HedonistJive
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostesses were exceptionally friendly and engaging and the food was phenomenal. Try the fish and kale entree - wow. Appreciated the local IPA on draft as well.

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MichelleB
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

♥️♥️♥️Loved everything about our experience! Highly recommend!

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LELF
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal for 8 of us and we tried many things on the menu. Favorites were the chicken, fish and matzo ball soup. Loved the beet dip as well as the zucchini chips for starters. Great service and a really nice evening.

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vipCassie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation for four, and were seated at two tables of two, separated by a pillar. The noise level was HIGH and consequently no conversation between tables.
One member of the four arrived 2 minutes past reservation time, and we were threatened of losing the reservation. Apologies were made for that.

The food was good. Especially the green shakshouka. I would recommend NOT going on the weekend...try a quieter time.

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vipElizabethG
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Mediterranean tapas! You have to get the cauliflower snd sweet potatoes!

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OliviaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and drinks. Food came out fast and beautiful interiors

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AishwaryaS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazingly tasty and very presentable.

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Carol
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was very friendly, and we were greeted right away. Service was very good and enjoyed the meal. We would definitely return

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AayushiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It really did not live up to the hype. Food was not great!

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place! Service was phenomenal! The food was great! Everyone was so kind. We would HIGHLY recommend going.

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CeciliaG
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, lots of options, lovely design of the place

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displeased
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

They forgot to submit our food ticket and so we ended up waiting 30 minutes after waiting 20 minutes to have our order taken. The food came out salty and the wine from our carafe had a strange soapy after taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipByrd
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service - wonderful experience!

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SophiaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing cocktails, and the pudding is absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around vibes!

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vipTK719
New York Area
358 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda. The food was delicious and my server Jack was fantastic. A real treat. I will return very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! Get the Pimms cup!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We made a reservation for 3 at 7:30pm and held it with a credit card as requested. I was first to arrive and told a manager that the rest of the party was walking up the block.5the place was crowded, but one table was free..he said that would be ours.
I turned my back for a minute to greet my arriving friends, and in an instant our table was being given to another party!!

We had to wait for a few table, which ended up being 2 little ones separated by a pole. No happy at all.

Even worse, the 5 different dishes we ordered were so poorly made that we left 2 after tasting them. There was no balance at all: we would have had a better meal at a falafel place for far less money. So, so disappointed; we’ll never return. And, if you like to have a conversation over a meal, this is NOT the place…the noise is off-the-charts like a disco!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good though portions very small for the price. Lemonade with mint was delicious but at $9 a glass was way too expensive. Service was fine. Malva pudding was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is flavorful with some nice palate surprises Had the bowl with red quinoa, spaghetti squash, eggs and avocado. Excellent and def one of a kind. Atmosphere is casual and nothing to write home about, but so what the food is well-prepared and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and friendly staff. The atmosphere was electric and the food couldn’t have been any better.

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vipMukeshM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot. Rose water waffle is a must try

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

gorgeous friday evening dinner. thank you!

FAQs

Jack's Wife Freda - Carmine Street is rated 4.7 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.