Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street

4.6
74 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast/Lunch 7 days a week:
Monday - Sunday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner starts at 5:30PM - 7 days a week:
Monday -Tuesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 510-8550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chauncey Gardner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Spring Street & Kenmare Street
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Public transit
6 Spring St. 0.02 mi
N R Prince St. 0.15 mi
J Bowery 0.23
B D F M Broadway-Lafayette 0.2
Additional
Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 74 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RA
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
11 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 15, 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
1 review
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 25, 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
12 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
10 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
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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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Most bad experience in New York, waist of time and money

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JD
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy restaurant, unique food. Happy we made a reservation!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the Salt & Pepper Eggplant the first time I ate here and have been thinking about it ever since. Great attention to quality with every dish. Best waiter ever. Gets loud fast - it's a snug space.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Apps and desserts better than entrees.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible staff. Too expensive. Rude servers. Refused extra slice of toast. Got annoyed when we asked for water top up. Absolutely awful! Will NEVER go again

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Jack's for my friend's Bachelorette Party brunch on a Friday - we had a reservation for 11 but didn't get seated until 11:30. The host was SO great and accommodating, kept us updated and even had a bottle of champagne on the table to thank us for waiting patiently. All of the food was incredible, and Craig was a fantastic server. One of our guests asked for a glass of ice water and after she finished it, another one appeared without her noticing he dropped it off. So attentive and considerate! We would definitely come here again!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had heard great things about Jack's Wife Freda so was really excited to try it out. Unfortunately, it seems the rave reviews were very specific to their brunch and NOT to their dinner. Their dinner options were bland at best. I tried to the fish special but the consensus amongst the 18 people that attended the dinner was that the food was "decent." The noise levels were incredibly high and required us to almost shout to be heard. Part of this is the byproduct of the small, quant atmosphere which is really cute. Overall, I would go back to try the brunch but won't ever go back for dinner.

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TF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is social dining, casual, convivial, warm and enveloping. We loved it! The food is very good, eclectic, imaginative, and thoughtfully prepared. Wine selections are unpretentious but good. This is a place to go back to again and again.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food, great spot, but very crowded. We had a larger group, 6 people, so made a reservation. The restaurant did not accommodate us. We had to wait 45 minutes to be seated despite booking in advance. That part sucked, everything else was great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and fun- only downfall was that I made a reservation for 10:30, checked in about 10 minutes before. Yet, was still seated over 40 minutes after my reservation.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved it
we will recommend to everyone
we wish that we lived closer
we will be back as soon as possible

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