Jack's wife Freda

Jack's Wife Freda

Mediterranean Restaurant and Café$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Barry B.
    "Try the peri peri duck wings and peri peri chicken."(11 Tips)
    Anastasia E.
    "Fresh and tasty food, mediterranean breakfast is very good."(5 Tips)
    M A.
    "One of the Best in NYC !!! Madame Freda is Delicious."(5 Tips)
    Daniel P.
    "Green shakshuka was excellent."(5 Tips)
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  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengApril 5, 2015
    Ordered the Mediterranean breakfast and a cappuccino. This place is very good for instagramming, but imo is a little overhyped and crowded. It's very healthy, so you can enjoy a guilt-free breakfast.
  • Adrian P.
    Come here for the haloumi, peri peri chicken, fried zucchini chips (fried pickles) and the very straightforward cocktails. Margarita and daiquiri were very refreshing. Space is pretty loud though.
    Upvoted May 13
  • Dane F.
    Dane FeldmanFebruary 26, 2016
    My favorite spot in the whole city. The menu is perfect. Go for Jack's breakfast, tuna salad, or zucchini chips. Vesper and cantaloupe mimosa are both great too. Wonderful atmosphere. Worth the wait.
  • Majenta C.
    When in New York make it your first priority to pop into Jack's wife Freda. As recommended by my waiter Tyler , order the 2 poached eggs with tomato and grilled Halloumi cheese or Jacks breakfast !
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MichieJanuary 24, 2015
    Another delicious meal at Jack's Wife Freda. Eggs Benny is delicious, and not available at their Lafayette location, though most JWF menu staples (like the green shakshuka) have made their way over.
  • Venus
    VenusJanuary 22, 2015
    Oh my god the peri peri chicken and Cous Cous is to die for - and the $6 side fries are sooooo good as well. This location is much less cramped then the other one in SoHo.
  • Buseto
    BusetoFebruary 1, 2015
    Tons of avocado and chopped up cucumber with seasoning. You can get any kind of egg you want and it comes with pita bread. But surely, this was one of the loudest places I've ever dined at.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaMay 14, 2016
    Believe the hype. Jack's Breakfast and the Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato and Haloumi were both a solid 💯. Start with the grapefruit & yogurt - the mint on top is again, 💯.
  • Majenta C.
    The owners here are just wonderful , you feel like you've known them forever ,as well as the staff. Very hospitable ,laid back and friendly to eager bloggers like myself and the like.
  • emily c.
    emily chenJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is trendy as fuck. A lot of fash bloggers, a/b/c list celebs, and wannabe bloggers here. Beyond the scene, beet dip, peri peri wings, and grilled haloumi to share are a must.
  • Channon F.
    Channon FordSeptember 20, 2016
    Great service. Duck prosuitto sanwich had smokey brisket flavor which was great. Chicken kabob was juicy. Green hot sauce was great. Enjoyed the light, fluffy pudding cake for dessert. Worth the wait.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownDecember 1, 2015
    Pro move here is to wait inside, not outside, then jump on the first available bar stool and enjoy your Bloody Mary brunch 60 minutes before those fools outside.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KJuly 13, 2015
    A fantastic spot for a mid week lunch. Quiet, great service, nice breezy space in the summer. The chicken kebab is a light and tasty dish.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Having this place open up underneath my apartment was a GIFT. Open late, great crowd, and good service. Try the Haloumi for sure.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PuccioMarch 29, 2015
    Great service, great food. Try the cantaloupe mimosa & make sure to get the French fries! Hostess was great about checking in with us during our half an hour wait. Definitely worth it!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DownesNovember 17, 2015
    Good green shakshouka, Eggs were over cooked and service was so so. Overall flavors and environment make worth trying though. Get a doughnut at doughnut project while you wait!
  • Dan F.
    Dan FetznerMarch 4, 2016
    At first was annoyed by how packed it was for a Friday lunch but we were seated quickly. Cool spot, upbeat vibe, great food, and fast service. Will definitely be back.
  • Ranu R.
    More spacious 2nd location, but everything is just as good. Love the curry bowl and fries. Chicken wings and zucchini chips are delicious too. Great service.
  • Samiha K.
    Samiha KhanAugust 15, 2015
    Great for dates. Cute and cozy design. Reminds me a little of the bar Ramona in Greenpoint, but with food! Zucchini chips and peri peri chicken is the way to go!
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomJanuary 9, 2015
    Too crowded. Lots of beautiful young people led by my daughter Jo and daughter in Ashley. Try the peri peri duck wings and peri peri chicken. Very tasty.
  • Tabi Y.
    Tabi YooNovember 10, 2015
    The pancakes are very unique and delicious - get them to share! Thoroughly enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, as well.
  • Arielle S.
    Arielle SilvermanMarch 15, 2015
    Great spot for lunch or dinner. Everything is great, but my favorites are the tuna salad and Greek salad with chicken.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.February 20
    Always get the chicken skewer with cous cous and Israeli salad. Don't miss out on their house made green hot sauce.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfAugust 24, 2015
    Nice fresh Mediterranean breakfast - bit like the one at Mogador - delicious but predictable. Mimosa with cantaloupe juice is a yummy alternative to the usual brekkie cocktails.
  • Raquel G.
    Raquel GCMarch 14
    Had the grain bowl with salmon and it was so good I am looking forward to going back. Vibe is really cool too and service is one the best ive experienced
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryApril 15, 2016
    One of the Best in NYC !!! Madame Freda is Delicious. Orange Blossom Pancake is a MUST !!!! Highly Recommended 👍 👍 👍
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenFebruary 4, 2016
    come early for brunch and to this branch for the pancakes. go to the other for the waffles. both amazing.
  • George B.
    George BoyceNovember 30, 2015
    Everything is good but definitely try the Malva Pudding with a glass of South African wine Pinotage or Chenen Blanc.rare for NYC but owner is SA
  • Guest of a Guest
    Maya's grain bowl (minus the egg of course) is the absolute best for all of those vegans brunching at Jack's Wife Frida. Read more
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherSeptember 16, 2015
    To avoid the crowds, I come here for weekday breakfast. Excellent egg selections. I love the one with halloumi cheese. Yum!
  • H & N
    H & NNovember 4, 2015
    I tried the green shakshuka(eggs) I liked it. It is a restaurant who creates their own dishes
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PowellApril 23, 2016
    Great brunch - definitely recommend the steak. I could've drank the green aioli-like sauce on the side. Green shakshuka was excellent.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SinitsynaApril 28, 2016
    This place is so cool, want to try everything that's in the menu, all was fresh and tasty.
  • Gary St C.
    Gary St ClareJanuary 24
    Definitely one of the best restaurants in the NY area. The price and quality of food is 100% worth the wait and the drive.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaAugust 5, 2015
    Try the watermelon juice there now! Amazing breakfast and great coffee from Stumptown.
  • Riddhima H.
    Riddhima HindujaSeptember 28, 2015
    Absolute must gets: Zucchini fries, grilled halloumi and Malva pudding! #justafoodie
  • Anastasia E.
    Anastasia EnotAugust 24, 2015
    Fresh and tasty food, mediterranean breakfast is very good. Lemonade is very sour which is excellent. Nice atmosphere.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaSeptember 7, 2015
    Come early to avoid a wait and get the green shakshuka. Great place for a light breakfast in a cozy environment.
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BibighausMay 31, 2015
    Brunch is absolutely delicious. Everyone is friendly. Bottomless drip coffee. Yum
  • Raphael L.
    Chicken Peri peri with homemade hot sauce. Curry mussels. A bit loud for serious conversation but a fantastic place anyway.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaFebruary 26, 2016
    Chicken Peri Peri is good but kind of reminds me of a wedding entree. I would stick with the Prego Roll with extra green sauce.
  • Y N.
    Y NMay 19, 2016
    Madame Freda was delicious and highly recommended. I also got the Nana tea with fresh mint. Very crowded though...
  • Megan P.
    Megan Paolone2 weeks ago
    I honestly haven't had something I didn't love here. Poached eggs over tomato and haloumi, eggs benny, and the cocktails!
  • Desirée G.
    Desirée GouldJune 9, 2015
    Fantastic food just a bit too pricey for an every weekend occurrence. Nonetheless, cute atmosphere and friendly staff!
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatzFebruary 13, 2016
    Super trendy, and busy at all hours, but for good reason. Delicious cafe fare with a Mediterranean twist.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaMarch 28
    Tuesday daytime bartender was a delight. Plus, everything is cute and delish.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanMarch 22, 2015
    This location is less crowded than the SoHo location on Lafayette. Jack's breakfast and the cantaloupe juice was tasty.
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 23, 2016
    Weekday brunch was low key. Eggs Benny is with beet hollandaise, and duck bacon is a MUST.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 16, 2016
    Lebanese yogurt, mint, honey, grapefruit and granola make make for a perfectly light breakfast.
  • Venus
    VenusJanuary 22, 2015
    Love the peri peri chicken. So so good!!!!! So much more spacious then the other one
  • Alex S.
    Alex SoteloFebruary 13
    Try the mouthwatering Madame Freda. And never look at a menu that offers haloumi without ordering it!
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoMay 13, 2015
    The peri peri chicken and mussels are great! They make a good Vesper too!!!
  • James C.
    James CroninMarch 3, 2015
    Very busy but the staff were very friendly. Eggs Benny was a little cold but tasted great.
  • sarkis
    sarkisNovember 8, 2015
    Can't go wrong. Try the duck bacon, Mediterranean breakfast, Jack's breakfast or the Poached Eggs — all delicious.
  • J
    JSeptember 5, 2016
    The service is always fantastic. Many dishes are great but, the peri peri chicken is terrific.
  • emily c.
    emily chenApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    also get the malva pudding - basically a buttercake soaked in a buttery caramel sauce. hell, get two.
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezOctober 2, 2016
    Great dishes and sandwiches-- just avoid the watery shakshouka. Amazing Bloody Mary.
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganApril 16, 2015
    Halumi cheese + matzoh ball soup are both perfect
  • Justin F.
    Justin FerrantiMarch 20, 2016
    Chicken Prego sandwich is divine. Definitely get a side of fries 👌🏼
  • Sandra v.
    Sandra van LintFebruary 26
    Great place for brunch! Loved the food and vibe. Too bad it takes some waiting time..
  • Teal P.
    Teal PrangeAugust 31, 2016
    Chicken kabobs with couscous and cucumber salad = amazing!
  • Cory B.
    Cory BangertFebruary 28, 2016
    Get the haloumi and duck bacon at brunch. Both are spectacular
  • Laura G.
    Laura GinsbergSeptember 26, 2016
    Definitely recommend the green shakshuka for breakfast--light and delicious!
  • J.R. R.
    J.R. ReedApril 14
    Peri peri chicken, eggplant, madame freda, green shakshouka all great!
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 8, 2016
    Vegetable curry is standout on the menu. Same for beet dip.
  • Karina M.
    Karina MuslimovaNovember 23, 2016
    I would just say: chicken kebab and the cauliflower! Love!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 5, 2015
    Ordering the branzino special after a few drinks was a fine decision you should consider making yourself.
  • Alejandra D.
    Alejandra DiazMarch 3, 2015
    Amazing super healthy food and cocktails.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddJune 26, 2015
    Had lunch up at the bar. Service was friendly and oh my god my Portuguese steak sandwich was delicious.
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoOctober 10, 2015
    Great place to eat a healthy hearty breakfast. The Mediterranean breakfast is so good.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 27, 2016
    It’s not just tasty and wildly photogenic, it’s also really good for you. Read more
  • Karin S.
    Karin SantiagoJanuary 30
    Amazing brunch! Get the Madame Freda. It was delish
  • Shanna N.
    Shanna NevelzMarch 28, 2016
    Didn't feel it was worth the one hour wait, and I am someone who will wait for a great Mediterranean brunch (not here). I was treated poorly by the hostess as well.
  • D. E.
    D. E.September 26, 2015
    The food is simply awesome, amazing interior of American bistro.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DalyMay 29, 2015
    Salmon special, haloumi cheese, eggplant, french fries
  • Arnaldo J. L.
    Arnaldo J. LópezJune 30, 2016
    Pimm's Cup is a good start in summertime.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LisaAugust 21, 2015
    Loved coffee and food - not to mention the awesome decor!
  • marta M.
    marta MorrisonJune 14, 2016
    Literally get anything and waste nothing. It's worth every bite #heaventakeme
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMarch 9, 2015
    Restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of 6 or more.
  • Veena V.
    Veena VasudevanAugust 14, 2015
    If you order the eggs with haloumi- it is good but very tiny. Dainty in fact. Not filling as a lunch.
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YApril 17
    Grilled halloumi is amazing and unexpected.
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HeathOctober 4, 2015
    Very good brunch, highly recommended
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline MillerMarch 18, 2016
    LOVE! The haloumi is a must!
  • Sloane
    SloaneNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the zucchini chips and roasted cauliflower to start
  • Liz V.
    Liz VernonApril 29, 2016
    Cauliflower app is amazingggg. We ended up ordering two!
  • George B.
    George BoyceNovember 30, 2015
    Everything!! Malva Pudding is my favorite
  • Teal P.
    Teal PrangeAugust 31, 2016
    Healthy and sooo amazing!
  • Blake S.
    Blake ShawApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb chops were delicious!
  • Victoria F.
    Amazing grain bowl/quinoa salad!
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 22, 2015
    Light brunch that will leave you feeling ~alive-~
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamJune 25, 2016
    Great fresh food in a lovely setting
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher ShearinMarch 15, 2016
    Great food, but be prepared for a wait on the weekends
  • Lana M.
    Lana MemoJune 6, 2016
    The orange blossom pancakes are DEELISH.
  • Yeimy G.
    Yeimy GonzalezJune 14, 2015
    Everything
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LodinApril 3, 2016
    trendy breakfast place for Mediterranean food
  • Hali
    HaliMay 13, 2015
    The peri peri chicken is amazing!
  • luis m.
    luis mdozaDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck wings and duck bacon. Get on it.
  • Francine L.
    Francine LiFebruary 4, 2015
    The peri peri chicken is a must!
  • rogey_mac
    rogey_macMay 12
    Amazing place, great food, good drinks.
  • Haze M.
    Haze Muñoz CJune 24, 2016
    Watermelon juice is very good!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SJanuary 7
    Auch wenn man kurz warten muss um einen Platz zu bekommen, es lohnt sich zu 100%. Tolles, frisches Essen für jedermann!
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