Jack's Wife Freda - Carmine Street

4.8
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
THE MAJORITY OF OUR DINING ROOM IS RESERVED FOR WALK-IN GUESTS.
WALK-INS OF ALL PARTY SIZES ARE ENCOURAGED AT ANY TIME.
WE ACCEPT LIMITED RESERVATIONS FOR PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. Jack's wife Freda is a lively all-day bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking & classic cocktails in understated digs. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days a week. Long hours, deep sense of hospitality, playful sense of humor and reasonable prices. Revising familiar twists on everyday food.
Husband-and-wife owners have drawn on their New York restaurant backgrounds and their family histories to bring appealing new flavor to an urban archetype.Together, they’ve created a hospitable hangout with the understated style and savvy all-day service, infused with their warm, welcoming personalities and foods that remind them of home.
If you were going to give the cuisine a long and unwieldy name, it might be South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

The new West Village outpost of Jack's Wife Freda is the same as the original, with a bigger, more comfortable space.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 136 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday last Sunday and it was amazing!!! The staff was super kind and helpful.
Food was delicious and fast!
Everyone enjoy their cocktails. Happy to recommend!!

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b
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to visit this place the last 2 times I have visited NYC so I was very happy I finally got to go. We had a group of 6 which is the minimum to make a reservation. We went around noon and honestly you could have walked in with 2 - 4 people easily.

The food was great, amazing actually, and I feel like they have something for everyone. The services was superb and friendly.

Highly recommend visiting!

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday Dinner

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The kitchen does an awesome job of delivering some of the best, freshest tastes in the city. It's expensive considering it has a cafe atmosphere and the noise levels are high. Service is spot on...

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food but really really loud!!!

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LS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a group of 10 for brunch on Sunday. They will take a reservation for a large group. We sat at the communal table. Service was great. Every dish was excellent. Loved the Madame Freda and the green Shakshuka.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Adam was AMAZING! Best server I've had in a while and recommended the perfect dinner pairing.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant great food and great service. I accidentally booked the wrong location and the business was super accomodating

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We unfortunately had a wait with a reservation but the staff was kind enough to offer us free drinks for their mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. Appreciate the kindness

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a
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday at this place. I was 20 minutes late to my reservation. They were so accommodating and took amazing care of my friends that were there before me.
It was an amazing experience. WE LOVED IT!

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were 11 people during the holidays and it was perfect - and that is tough to do!

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SM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here with a large group of family and two toddlers that we added to the reservation late. They were super accomodating and so nice to the kids - giving stickers, crayons, high chairs and sippy cups. The food was very good and the place is adorable.

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K
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in the city and made a reservation for 6. The food was great and our waitress was fantastic! Would defiantly go there again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as usual.

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AN
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing! Food was so perfect! Everything tasted so fresh and we will be back next time in NYC! Thank you!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu, great options for kids and adults. Recommended by multiple friends and it did not disappoint.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very cute and something that my whole group and I wanted to try! The brunch options and lunch options were great, however, there isn’t much of a choice for vegetarians. Other than that, the service, food, and location were great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Easy to find, we didn’t wait too long to get a table, really loud, but food is good. Salmon toast is a must try!

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MT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible but the server KILLED IT. Everything about this place is awesome and I can't wait to go back!!

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CK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fun vibe. Lots of different things to choose from so something for everyone. The waffle was delicious. Avocado toast with smoked salmon was amazing.

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun up beat delicious meal! The staff is so attentive and kind. From age 11 to 81 we all LOVED it here!

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I LOVE the food here and the cocktails are especially good too. The servers are very nice and attentive but it’s soo insanely loud that I could barely talk to my friend sitting next to me.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 12 for a team dinner and there was something for everyone. Great food, wonderful staff

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, such nice service, and overall great environment.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome. Food tasted great and lovely vibe!

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DE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JWF was a wonderful place to have a Cousin Reunion, and they wonderfully accommodated our reservation and party of 11. Food was great, service was lovely, and no one nudged us out even though we took up so much space. I will definitely go again, with or without 10 other people! Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The host was very rude and wouldn’t seat our party of 8, even though 7 of us were there.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating for my large group even though my group kept changing. Great dinner and a great spot for a bigger party.

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FF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took 6 gals with a wide range of tastes to Jack's Wife Freda for their first meal on an NYC Bachelorette week celebration. Everyone LOVED itl! The picky girls were a little scared of trying new things, but they were very pleased once they tasted their food. Everyone dug the super cute atmosphere and loving details. Our server was upbeat and excellent, food came out quickly, cocktails were simple but pleasing. We had: green shakshuka, eggs benny w/beet hollandaise, madame freda, mediterranean breakfast, and duck bacon plus some lovely cantaloupe and watermelon mimosas. Major plus is that the food is pretty healthy and light - you'll be satiated and have a happy belly without feeling like you ate a grease bomb before a long day in the NYC summer sun. We'll definitely return!

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great spot tucked in the W village with quality eats. It is a small space so be prepared for close seating and ambient noise.

One minor note to take into account: friends and I dined here on a recent June evening. It was very hot outside and the AC was either not on, broken, or didn't make its way toward the front of the restaurant. Many of us were very uncomfortable given the temperature outside.

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YZ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This place is not worth the hype :( unless all one cares about is posting instagrammable pictures

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

JWF suffers from a common NYC problem: The servers need to focus a bit more on customer oriented service and a little less being cool and hip (I say this is someone who was in the restaurant business for 20 years in New York City). Also, the policy of not seating 5 members of a party of 6 until the last person arrives is a money loser. Think of the drinks and the apps we would have had! Finally, two times I have been to JWF which just screams “fantastic coffee” and only to be denied: first because they don’t serve decaf (precious but I can live with it) and then because the espresso maker was out of commission — at 9am?!. There are a LOT of restaurants in NYC and I like JWF so I will give it one more chance, but that will be the last chance.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was great, except it was too loud to hear people speaking at your own table and there wasn’t any music playing.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loud brunch. Food wasn’t amazing

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Despite reservation for a table of 7, they made us wait for 30min. There is no separate table kept for the reserved groups - it’s still subject to normal turnover. What was extra frustrating was seeing them seat smaller groups ahead of us. Also, we were crammed into a space intended for 5. Food was ok. Nothing to wait hours for or put up with this kind of service.

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MD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and overall experience. It was certainly worth the trip from Toronto. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend in NYC.

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DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, great service too. Thanks Jim!

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, fun place, entertaining server... delightful time!

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j
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Their reservations don't hold a table for you, they just put you to the front of the waitlist. We had a party of 7 and made a reservation. We had to wait for our entire party to show up and when they finally did we had to wait another 30-40 for a table to clear out before we could sit down. I don't recommend for large groups if you want a reserved table. The food was great and it's a cool spot otherwise.

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