I feel like people have consistently recommended Jack’s Wife Freda to me for brunch, and today when a couple friends and I were deciding where to go for food, this place ended up coming up again in an article I found about the best brunch places in NY. Not only was the food delicious, it said, but it’s CHEAP (something not necessarily associated readily with the neighborhood it resides in). Happy to say we weren’t disappointed on any front.
Recommended: Poached eggs with grilled tomato & haloumi (served with sourdough bread). Small, tasty, and a perfect mix of poached eggs over easy, grilled tomatoes and haloumi.
Must try: Their hot sauce. It’s not a typical sauce, made in-house with what looked like an avocado base. Just a little add so much flavor to each dish.
The rosewater waffle (served with lebanese yogurt, mixed berries and honey syrup) seemed like a risk, but it was light and delicious. The batter really has a light taste of rosewater and the yogurt balances it out nicely.
The green shakshuka (two baked eggs in green shakshuka sauce served with challah toast) is also a house favorite. Everything was excellent so you really can’t go wrong. We even asked our waiter what he recommended, and he basically starting reading the menu back to us saying he loves it all. And as promised, nothing was over $12. Not bad for such a busy little spot. Only downside is the wait time (we waited 45 minutes for a table for five, which is also pretty standard in NYC…get there early).
Bonus: They leave you with the cutest #jacklovesyou postcards with your check!
Occasion: Trying a new place
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: Yes
Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette St.
between Kenmare and Spring Sts
New York, NY 10012
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