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Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street

4.6
4.6
201 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Jack's Wife Freda is a lively all-day bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking and classic cocktails in understated digs. We are primarily a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE all-day-café. Walk ins of all party sizes are always welcome.

We accept reservations for parties of four or more for lunch and dinner (NO WEEKEND BRUNCH RESERVATIONS between 11am and 4pm--first come first serve).

If you cannot find the reservation you are looking for, please walk on in!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 8:30 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 510-8550
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    SoHo
  • Cross street
    Between Spring Street & Kenmare Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    6 Spring St. 0.02 mi<br />N R Prince St. 0.15 mi<br />J Bowery 0.23 <br />B D F M Broadway-Lafayette 0.2
  • Additional
    Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

201 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great location and food, music inside the restaurant was a quite loud…

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  2. DaraD

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great spot for NY celebrity sightings . Service is very good . Food comes out fast . Maybe too quickly . Felt a little bit rushed without being too pushy about leaving . We were running a little late and I called to let them know and the person who answered was extremely great about it and told us not to worry because they had a lot of free tables available. I would definitely reserve for future visits especially on the weekends. We started off with the fried zucchini chips. Very yummy. Then ordered the Maya’s breakfast bowl and the mashed avocado on seeded bread. Both were delicious but I would choose the bowl next time. All in all a good New York must.

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  3. Donnyboy

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and location. Highly recommended as a fun place to experience the downtown Soho vibe.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing all around! Can’t wait to go back. The wait staff was incredible- every person who tended to our table was attentive, knowledgeable and just all around fun and friendly!

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  5. AmyF

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very much over rated. Basic. My neighborhood joint makes a better chicken sandwich.

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  6. JillB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I crave their yogurt with honey granola and grapefruit…so good! And they’re peri peri chicken wings! Great place!

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  7. DeeptiM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best brunch spot with GF or your special ones// Thefood is simply amazing and service is the best

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  8. Rino

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best way I can describe Jack's Wife Freda is if you took an "American new bistro" menu, but added Mediterranean touches. The Prego roll is everything a steak sandwich should be, and then some. Skirt steak (medium rare recommended by the staff) marinated in aromatic spices with garlic butter and sautéed haloumi cheese on a warm, fresh Portuguese roll. Savory salmon on a bed of yummy squash spaghetti. Schnitzel with a breading that hits all your taste buds at once. Meatballs? Sure, but these are Persian meatballs served with tahini and pine nuts. We also shared a fantastic beet dip with warm pita and a platter of fried haloumi cheese. The decor was simple but pleasant. The place was quite busy (4pm on a Saturday) and a little noisy, but in an "we're alive" kind of way. Despite not necessarily having a dedicated server, we were always checked in on and the staff made excellent recommendations. Everyone on the wait staff had a smile, even joked with the table. Very friendly and helpful. Note that they have multiple locations - this one was on Lafayette - and I sure do hope the quality, service, and food carry across all of them because our experience was fantastic.

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  9. JonathanL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good! I highly recommend the salt and pepper eggplant. It always comes out hot and the tzatziki was amazing. The green shakshuka was also really tasty the challah was nicely toasted. However, the restaurant is pretty loud so just keep that in mind!

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  10. ruths

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation but still had to wait in line outside in the cold for 10-15 mins when we got there. Spoilt the experience

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  11. leslie

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    a reservation made at 10:30a on a sunday for brunch seemed unnecessary since we still had to wait 40min for a table. i made the reservation for our party because i had appointments i had to attend. once seated, it still took some time to receive our order and, as such, i only had 10min to eat. those without reservations were seated before us and our host kept forgetting about us. even though we reminded her a couple of times that we were still waiting. on a reservation. i wont' be returning anytime soon.... it's too bad because it was always one of our fave brunch spots in the neighborhood.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved everything about this place! I met up with some friends but I was early so I sat at the bar, where the bar tender made me feel so comfortable and right at home. This feeling continued throughout the night once we were seated, with yummy food, cocktails, and super friendly staff. 10/10 would recommend!

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  13. albutterz

    New York City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I asked for them to slice the steak four Mt ten year old son to eat and they denied my request stating they were too busy in a Friday night. It was my second time there this week dropping big money. Guess they dije want it need my business.

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  14. KeithJ

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    All good nice food

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  15. albutterz

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place if you’re looking for a Bistro type place. Service was top notch and food was excellent. Only small thing was that it was very loud inside. Otherwise I cannot wait to go back.

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  16. BrazMom

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great but the restaurant was super noisy. I would go back if it wasn't for a rude host. Perhaps I'll try different locations.

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  17. LaurenL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Jack's Wife Freda is a staple. The food is dependable and the atmosphere is enjoyable. I am particularly appreciative that they take reservations! My only true complaint is the portion size (small) in comparison to the price (larger for a basic breakfast/brunch place).

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  18. TrueNewYorker

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made reservation for special holiday get-together w/out-of-town friends + found this trendy place lackluster on every level, but seriously disappointing as to the service. Not one to leave negative reviews, I feel I just can't let this experience slip away unnoted for potential future guests. Service was nearly non-existent. Only time waitress truly showed up was when we paid the bill when she promptly checked for her tip. Food was just okay... if it wasn't for the great burger, it would have been completely unremarkable. Decor, ambiance and extreme noise level in the space that was once the wonderful, intimate, legendary Spring Street Natural for decades was a total disappointment best described as high school cafeteria-ish. Will never go back. Would rather remember the true NYC dining experience of what was of that space rather than what has become of it as a modern day, impersonal money churner w/little dining substance.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Pessimo servizio. Cameriera maleducata, arrabbiata, senza voglia, proprio il nostro giorno di Natale. Non lo consigliero a nessuno. Reservation: Francesca Rossetti

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  21. Jessicag

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service busy atmosphere and good food!

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  22. Mara

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, I love that they have all day breakfast.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mediterranean breakfast is amazing!! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great breakfast! This is why you go, solid brunch spot. It delivers, nothing over the top or fancy but solid.

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  25. MeredithB

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good, nice to have something a little different for brunch. We had a reservation for 10am but ended up having to sit at the bar for a few minutes. Drinks service was somewhat slow. We were seated about 15 feet from the front door, and about halfway through our meal they propped it open which meant we were blasted with cold air...and when asked to shut it they wouldn't, which was disappointing.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The noise was very disturbing. I will not be going back.

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  27. LaneT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must visit favorite every time I'm in NY. Love.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    To start, there was confusion amongst us so we ended up at Jack’s Wife Freda 8th ave location, not the Lafayette one. Anyway, Food portions is measly and sandwiches are small. A $20 burger is just bigger than a McDonald’s burger. Burger patty very small and not much flavor. Salmon patty was made of minced meat. Appetizers were pricy, but also very little. Kofta lacked flavor and 3 small pieces for $16 I think, leaves the party of four waiting who will take the last piece and how to split it. Beers were good. Service was good. Noisy.

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  29. ReganP

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great find! It looked so fun from the street, and the meal was even better! The food, the service, the ambiance, allll great! I need one of those cute shirts!

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  30. Rosierock12

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely food and staff x

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, amazing food! Service on point! Family friendly !

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  32. Alex

    Mexico City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from our waitress Mariana. Her recommendations where definitely worth the visit. We loved the place. Everyone seems to be enjoying their work and vibe is very good. Totally recommend this place. The concept is amazing. Loved the dimmed lightning of the place. Food excellent and location the best.

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  33. RobinP

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing like always. It’s always my go to place when I want to meet up with friends and family. The staff is so attentive and friendly. Love love love. Can’t say enough.

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  34. LKer

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation and they seated us immediately despite having added 2 more to our already 8 person reservation. Service was great and nice variety for all to enjoy.

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  35. JOHNW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New larger space is a big plus to a great NYC spot

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were wonderful. We had to wait for our table, so we waited at the bar. The host took care of out drinks. A very nice gesture. Dining room was a bit chilly, and the noise level was very high. But it was a Saturday night, so that is understandable. Overall, a very nice evening.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience!! Too Loud though, hard to hear my dining partners with all the noise, but food is wonderful and so is the service

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  38. Kiki

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cute restaurant! Our waiter was so nice and always checked up on us. Can get busy so it’s always nice to have a reservation. Loved the Duck prosciutto

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  39. Amyk

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice vibe, food and service really good!

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  40. Lila

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The waiter at the entrance was not polite and quite unpleasant. Very very noisy. The food was good though

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street is rated 4.6 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street

226 Lafayette, New York, NY 10012

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Spring Street & Kenmare Street
  • Neighborhood
    SoHo
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 8:30 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    6 Spring St. 0.02 miN R Prince St. 0.15 miJ Bowery 0.23 B D F M Broadway-Lafayette 0.2
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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