I recently stopped in to Jack’s Wife Freda on a Saturday for brunch after reading about it on Tasting Table. It’s a small storefront right next to Osteria Morini and up the block from La Esquina on Lafayette between Kenmare and Spring. The bright white-washed interior features a long communal table down the middle flanked by smaller ones along banquettes and a few seats at the marble bar at the back overlooking the pastries.
The brunch menu includes a smattering of those sweets – croissants, chocolate twists, corn muffins – a range of egg dishes and what looks like standard brunch fare and some incentive sandwiches. Upon closer inspection the standard bit reveals its quirky side – the poached eggs are served with roast tomatoes and haloumi cheese while the eggs shashuka bathes them in a green soupy sauce of tomatillos, cumin and coriander. Then there’s the grapefruit and yogurt – sounds pretty boring right? But in fact it’s a delicious mix of tart citrus with just a hint of mint, a generous dollop of thick Lebanese yogurt, honey and a sprinkling of granola.
On the drinks side the cantaloupe juice is pretty amazing – basically puréed melon. There’s no full bar so the boozers among you will be limited to mimosas, or beer/wine.
Verdict: a good neighborhood spot for a laid back meal.
Note to self: next time try the rosewater waffles with Lebanese yogurt and berries.
Location: 224 Lafayette between Kenmare and Spring
Subway: 4, 5, 6 at Spring St
Prices: Brunch mains from $9-13. Our bill for two came to about $20 each with tip.