Jack’s Wife Freda
I had the pleasure of brunching at this cute little gem while in New York City for work, this past week. My time in NYC felt like a freeze, but I wanted to make sure I dined at at least one interesting place. Jack’s Wife Freda is a 4 year old restaurant in New York, with location on Lafayette St and Carmine St. Portraying the all American dream, Jack’s Wife Freda tell the love story of the owner’s grandparents. The restaurant’s owner(Dean), always dreamt of living the American dream. So he left his hometown of Johannesburg and left for the big Apple, where he later opened a restaurant with his wife(a transplant from Israel). Dean and his wife decided to name the restaurant after his grandfather’s wife, Freda, who apparently was an “incredible host, gracious & warm, always having family, friends, and couple strangers over- and always lots of food.” Jack’s Wife Freda is a quaint, New York style-bistro, with a hip, fun and hospitable environment.
What I Ate:
I was pretty excited when I arrived, it was a cold rainy day but I had made the decision to walk a couple of blocks just to try it. I sat at the tiny cute bar, right in front of the staff, and ordered hot coffee with milk. Their staff is young, and hip(one of the waiters was wearing the cutest ninja turtle t-shirt). After looking over the menu, I asked for well with my order. As hungry as I told them I was, they recommended I have “Madame Freda,” consisting of a pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, Cheddar Bechamel, Gruyere w/ a sunny side up egg. The order came with an Arugula salad which went well with the pickled onions served with it.