Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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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 ☺️
Our friends got engaged and the staff were incredible! Sent over all sorts of stuff , came and chatted and got a fab table
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
had a birthday party here for 13 guests, food very good, if pricey, service impeccable
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...
Good brunch. Had our table ready as soon as we walk in. Good brunch, efficient service.
BOOTSY!!! Drinks and food are great! Super fun brunch place!
Super friendly, delicious food.
Fantastic service and good food! We had a very knowledgable and fun server.
AMAZING FOOD!!!! Outstanding cuisine!!! A rare find!!!
Amazing! Can’t wait to go back
Food options were interesting and tasted amazing!! Service was awesome. Harming place
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.
We had luck to get a table for 11 at Saturday night, service as well as the food was great.
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!
Food is always good here! Tasty and healthy. And fun ambiance.
Good for group hang out
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!
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.
Love this restaurant and come every time I visit NYC.
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.
Very cute place. Good food. Need to make reservation because it is a small place.
Good location in SOHO to go shopping afterwards.
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.
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!
Don't take reservations if it's still going to take 30 minutes to seat people
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!
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!
Most bad experience in New York, waist of time and money
Busy restaurant, unique food. Happy we made a reservation!
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.
Apps and desserts better than entrees.
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
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!
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.