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About Jack's Wife Freda - Lafayette Street

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.

224 Lafayette
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Lunch: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Spring Street & Kenmare Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 510-8550

Website:
http://www.jackswifefreda.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Chauncey Gardner

Additional:
Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.1

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Organic, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic brunch

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Apps and desserts better than entrees.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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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·Dined on September 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Very nice ambiance. Staff was very friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The food at the restaurant was good with very unique dishes. However, our waitress was unbelievably rude to our group and adamantly refused to split our check. I understand if it is the restaurant's policy to not split checks, but it became an issue when she conveyed the message to us in a such a demeaning manner. Definitely not a way to treat customers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Overall, I didn't think it lived up to the hype. Definitely a cute place. Could see it being very romantic for 2, but with a group of 6 it was way too loud to hear everyone. It's small so between voices of other diners and the music (which I did ask to turn down a bit - and I'm 24, not hard of hearing) it's pretty though to have a conversation. Food was solid but nothing to write home about. Between our 6 entrees, 2 apps and 2 deserts, I would say the only items worth eating again were the cheese appetizer and the sandwich with a fried egg on top. Takeaway: great for Instagram, not great for a memorable experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Very good service. Nice to go with children. Very good food

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Amazing experience ,great food ,great atmosphere and service.Highly recommended .Make sure to book a table in advance or you gonna have to wait . I will come back for sure .Thank you for making our morning enjoyable <3

Tags: Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Small restaurant but accommodated our party of 6. Menu limited but food quality was consistently good. Casual environment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

LOVE Jack's... always have, always will! Never ceases to disappoint, no matter who I'm with or what time I go.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

We spent a nice evening at Jacks wife Freda. Nice - not more, not less. We had a reservation but had to wait more than 30 minutes for our table, but got a Prosecco offered. The food was ok, but not outstanding. The service was super.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Love love this special SOHO spot. We were in NYC for just a few short days but this was our favorite. You need to get reservations and it is tight, but that is what makes it so much fun. The Peri Peri chicken and fried zucchini were our favorites. Get a glass of the Cote due Rhone with it and just enjoy life and the vibrance of this little treasure!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Good food, especially the burger (and fries!). Energetic atmosphere, nice waiters.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2016

i was amazed but the appetisers, all were excellent and all totally fresh/new and balanced,
the lamb and aubergine lasagna was great, but i should of ordered a side salad. a great night out. sc

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Jack's Wife Freda is an absolute must. If you can, come with 5 friends so you can make a reservation otherwise plan to wait a while. It's worth the wait though. The food and drinks are fantastic. Perfectly poached eggs & yummy haloumi, delicious duck bacon, tasty watermelon mimosas, great iced coffee. The service was unparalleled; vibrant, friendly, and on-top-of-it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Lovely place with a good atmosphere. Their sandwiches are very tasty and special. Wafles more ordinary and due to that a bit pricy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2016

We came to JWF through an internet recommendation for brunch. We were glad we made a reservation since there were people waiting in line. Staff are very helpful and attentive. Food is quite simple for the price, but nice nevertheless. Notice they charge 20% extra to groups of 6 or more. Nice authentic hip atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Breakfast bowl got high marks. The green shakshuka was tasty but a little watery. The duck prosciutto was delicious. Service was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Tasty food, trendy atmosphere and friendly staff! Took a couple weeks to find a reservation but it was definitely worth the wait.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Everyone at JWF was so great. They were very accommodating when we had at add to our already large size group. The food was amazing. We will definitely be coming back :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 21, 2016

Too little food
Good food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Appetizers are always delicious. Entrees are consistently good. Cocktails at this location were a little disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2016

Great food, great service, I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 17, 2016

Vegetable curry had perfectly prepared couscous and chutney topped off the dish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2016

Went for brunch on a holiday. Place was packed with people waiting for a bit to be seated. So many people walked in to dine but the restaurant is so small that a reservation is really the way to go. People kept coming in and it was snowing outside so everyone in the place was freezing during the meal. Servers were nice. Food was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2015

Our server Josh was great! We had 11 guests and we were all treated so well! Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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