Sunday Brunch: Jack's Wife Freda

For those following along with Dish + Drink and the Sunday Brunch slot, you’ll know that I declared my love for Jack’s Wife Freda, a New York staple with locations in Soho and the West Village.

Since my first visit for brunch, I’ve been back twice to the Carmine Street location for brunch and for dinner.

The food

Jack’s Wife Freda’s Mediterranean-inspired menu is well curated and leads to a tough decision each time I dine here. For dinner, I had the tuna salad: chopped tomatoes, avocado, red onions, and tuna in a sweet balsamic dressing with arugula and toasted sourdough bread. The salad was delicious, big enough to bring some home, and is also offered on the brunch menu. I highly recommend it for either meal.

My second trip for brunch left me seriously questioning whether or not I should branch out from the Eggs Benny: two poached eggs over potato latkes, lox, and beet hollandaise. I had the Eggs Benny the first time and still have dreams about it, but I knew I had to branch out for fear of getting in a rut.


So, I ordered the Mediterranean Breakfast: two eggs any style (I chose poached), chopped salad with tomatoes and cucumber, labne, avocado slices, and pita bread. The labne, which is Greek yogurt, was to die for, the chopped salad was perfectly fresh, as was the avocado, and the eggs were poached to perfection.

Truthfully, I’ll have a hard time choosing between the Mediterranean Breakfast and the Eggs Benny next time.

The drinks

After making the mistake of passing up on drinks during my first experience at Jack’s Wife, I was sure to try something during both of my following visits. For dinner, I had the New York Sour: a fantastically sweet and sour concoction of Bulleit rye, honey syrup, and ruby port.

For brunch, I had two cocktails: the slightly sweet and refreshing cantaloupe mimosa served in a coupe glass and the equally refreshing, but sweeter Bootsy Collins, which contains Grey Goose vodka, Lillet Rouge, lemon, and mint.

Next time, I’m going for Jack’s Wife Freda’s take on the Vesper, which is James Bond’s drink. Theirs contains Beefeater gin, Stoli vodka, and Lillet Blanc, a perfectly potent libation.

The service/ambience
Every trip to Jack’s Wife Freda is a wonderful experience. The ambience is truly lovely, the food is incredible, and the service is fantastic: friendly, knowledgeable, and remarkably attentive.

All in all, Jack’s Wife Freda is quickly becoming not only my favorite spot for brunch, but one of my favorite spots in the city period. It looks like I’ll have to stop in to their Lafayette Street location for their egg salad sandwich, rosewater waffle, and Bloody Mary mussels.

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