Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street

4.8
85 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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch and wait staff were excellent

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was lovely, great food and service! Love JWF always a good vibe

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group- and some were running late- the staff were amazing at accommodating us and although it’s a tiny space we all felt comfortable. Food was yummy and we shut the place down. Will be back

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n
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my small engagement party dinner with friends and it was the most epic night. The host and staff were so accommodating even when we were all running a bit late. The food was perfect, and they had a special fresh watermelon juice margarita that night that was divine! Could not have asked for a better evening. I can't wait to go back. xx

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special place! We had a memorable brunch, incredible food and drinks!

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GY
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table for my cousin's 21st birthday and we had a wonderful experience. All the workers were incredibly accomadating and friendly, we loved the food, and the decor/lighting made for a cute brunch experience. 10/10 would recommend.

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m
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, small place

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

Jack’s Wife Freda was the perfect brunch spot to catch up with some friends in New York. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. I would definitely recommend if you haven’t been!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived first on a rainy Sunday morning. Friendly staff, excellent t service. Teenagers loved the Rosewater Pancakes and I thoroughly enjoyed the Breakfast Bowl. Great mesh of flavors!

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good but we were a party of five and could not have a conversation. The noise level was probably the loudest I have every experienced. For this reason, I would have a difficult time recommending to someone else.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super cute place in SOHO! Our food was outstanding, the rosewater waffles were delicious! The mint tea was so fresh like right from an herb garden! It was a little small but we were comfortable. We had reservations for 6 but then only 3 could make it. We cancelled our reservations and were really worried about getting in but we got in right away! If you like fresh healthy options this is a great place to go!

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RA
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Ungemütlich und laut

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

Seriously awesome! The food was beautiful and very good. It was cozy and charming. It was somebody’s birthday so They turn off the light and everybody sang happy birthday to the person, it was pretty cool.
I fortly recommand this little restaurant ☺️

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends got engaged and the staff were incredible! Sent over all sorts of stuff , came and chatted and got a fab table

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k
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The noise level was a problem. We couldn't hear each other talk it was SO loud. Everything else was amazing! We went home with the cookbook. YUM

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

had a birthday party here for 13 guests, food very good, if pricey, service impeccable

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RT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Could not see one single smile fromt the waitress during our visit, we barely got to eat and drink up our food before the check came, but nice area and facilities...

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CD
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good brunch. Had our table ready as soon as we walk in. Good brunch, efficient service.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BOOTSY!!! Drinks and food are great! Super fun brunch place!

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t
London
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly, delicious food.

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IH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and good food! We had a very knowledgable and fun server.

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VM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING FOOD!!!! Outstanding cuisine!!! A rare find!!!

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JS
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Can’t wait to go back

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food options were interesting and tasted amazing!! Service was awesome. Harming place

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E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great food but VERY loud. It was hard for a group of 6 - I wouldn't recommend more than 4 guests. It was impossible to hear everyone.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had luck to get a table for 11 at Saturday night, service as well as the food was great.

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic! I discovered the reastraunt for my friend’s bday then copied her and had mine there. It’s the perfect place to have a nice dinner but without paying an exorbitant amount. I would highly recommend making a reservation as it was packed. Definetly worth it. You should visit!

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good here! Tasty and healthy. And fun ambiance.

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y
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good for group hang out

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely in loved with breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda! Important to make reservations as this is a popular spot in Soho. Service was great as well, food arrived quickly and perfectly prepared. Can’t wait to be back!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was off during last visit - - lasagna was burned, chicken tagine too sweet, one wine we tried was not good for the price point. Some other dishes ordered by our group were good. Third time at this restaurant and by far the worst. Always nice service and an attractive crowd.

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and come every time I visit NYC.

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M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was SO friendly and the food was amazing. I had to change the reservation to add 2 more people the day before and they were able to accommodate us no problem. It is a very small restaurant but we went as a group of 8 and were very comfortable.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cute place. Good food. Need to make reservation because it is a small place.
Good location in SOHO to go shopping afterwards.

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PT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience and the food was just perfect! The staff was friendly and fun and made great recommendations. Can't wait to go again next time I'm in town.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there and we were a party of 9 (make a reservation) the food was awesome, the service was great and the waiters were personable. They were aware that we had a show to make and made sure we were out on time! Would definitely return!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Don't take reservations if it's still going to take 30 minutes to seat people

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large group of 12 and we made a reservation on open-table two weeks prior that was confirmed with an email the day before. However, when we came to the restaurant they said they did not have reservation under my name. I showed them my email confirmation and the wonderful hostess told us that we may have to wait a few minutes but that they could seat use shortly. Within a few minutes she seated us and our waiters took our orders and it was an overall lovely experience. The staff is great and they accommodated our large group with ease. I will tell everyone I know to eat here!

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun place, very crowded. Tables in the middle, where one sits next to others, hard not to overhear their conversation.
If you like a vibrant scene with good, authentic food, go for it!

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch

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