Food & Drink

FOOD: Jack’s Wife Freda [NYC]

by Kayleigh Clark

Rosewater Waffle at Jack’s Wife Freda

Lately all I seem to be hearing is people talking about Jack’s Wife Freda.  I don’t know why the sudden (is it really sudden, or just me?) popularity–it’s not that new.  But the other day I was in SoHo and instead of going to Grey Dog, my personal fav, I thought I should keep going and try something new, and lo and behold, I found myself standing in front of Jack’s Wife Freda.  It was about 4pm on a Friday afternoon so I wasn’t too concerned about it being that busy.

Right away I liked it.  It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends–the atmosphere was cozy and friendly and I got myself a table along the banquet.  It’s super small so I can imagine it being pretty packed during busy hours, but I had a lovely time on my own this particular Friday.

I hadn’t eaten that day yet so I was pretty hungry and had taken a peek at the menu beforehand, when I first heard about it so I knew I wanted to try the waffle.  Now, this wasn’t an ordinary waffle.  It’s called the Rosewater Waffle with lebanese yogurt, strawberries, and honey syrup.  And the second you take a bite, you immediately get a taste of rose–which sounds so weird but it was so good!  It was light and not super sweet–the yogurt was a great addition and normally I stick to butter on pancakes and waffles, but I didn’t even miss it here.  And the honey syrup was delicious as well.  I was very impressed by this waffle and had a great time on my own here.  To make things even better, I ordered a Pimm’s Cup, which is one of my favorite cocktails.

Overall, I had a great meal here and will certainly be back.  I’m not sure how I feel about it as a dinner spot, maybe I’ll give it a try sometime–I hear their burger is supposed to be good–but for breakfast/lunch/brunch, it was spot on.

Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012