I have to be honest, for two whole years the SoHo cafe Jack’s Wife Freda has been on my never ending wish list of NYC restaurants to try– the name alone makes it intriguing — but for whatever reason I kept missing it. Luckily, I had the chance to go last weekend with Women Who Brunch and am happy to say, it could become a new favorite. It’ll take at least a few more visits to work my way through the menu which says a lot for a picky eater like me who tends to stick with the same one or two dishes at any given place.
What I Ate: Mashed Avocado on Seeded Bread with cherry tomato jam and pickled carrots (I requested to add a poached egg), fresh mint tea, cantaloupe mimosa
When We Dined: Brunch, Sunday
Also On the Healthy Side: The Middle Eastern-meets-South African menu inspired by the husband-and-wife owners’ backgrounds offers several healthy options from Fish a la Plancha to Greek Salad. Kale makes a few happy appearances and you can opt for a side of arugula (instead of fries) with any entree.
Be In the Know: Skip going on cold days or busy times like brunch and late nights. The tiny space gets huge drafts when the door opens.
224 Lafayette Street.
New York, NY 10012.
212 510 8550.