Reservations NYC: Jacks Wife Freda

This is the first installment of a new series called “Reservations” in which we will be reviewing eateries from around the world that not only have delectable food, but eclectic and modernly chic atmospheres (usually awesome brunch spots, cafes, or cocktail bars).

New urban eatery, Jacks Wife Freda was a vision of homemade hospitality with maternal roots for couple Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. Named after Dean’s grandparents, this NYC cafe boasts a laid back vibe with a close-knit atmosphere. The cuisine has been known to be described as South African & Israeli Jewish with popular menu items such as matzo-ball soup (not your grandmother’s version), peri-peri chicken (Portuguese style), and green shakshuka (poached eggs in sauce).

Chicken Kebab (peri-peri chicken with couscous and chopped salad)

Green Shakshuka

With a second location newly opened in January, seating at Jacks Wife Freda is first come first serve and the wait is typically long at any time of the day. But that does not hinder this bistro style eatery’s popularity as most would say it’s definitely worth the wait. To ease the wait, try one of their innovative cocktails like the Cantaloupe Mimosa (cantaloupe juice and champagne) or Mint Lemonade (non-alcoholic).

Mint lemonade, cantaloupe juice, and tea

If you’re claustrophobic and in the mood for a quiet place to eat, this is not the place for you. It’s cozy and boisterous, but that’s what makes it so “New York” with that hustle & bustle feel. The service is great, the food comes out quick, and the bathrooms are clean. What more could you ask for besides a delicious meal and a wonderful experience!

Jacks Wife Freda is located at:

224 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

50 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

View the menu here:


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