Jack’s Wife Freda is a cute little spot in Soho on Lafayette Street. We walked by and noticed the charming white and green awning and took a peek inside to find a bright yet cozy space with leather bench seating along the walls and a long communal table in the center. Arriving just at opening ensured us a seat and it steadily filled up by the minute.
We ordered a cappuccino (Stumptown, yay!) while we looked at the hand drawn menu and contemplated the origin of the restaurant’s name. The menu has a heavy Middle Eastern/Mediterranean and Israeli influence (halloumi, labne, Shakshuka, Matzo Ball Soup).
The Mediterranean Breakfast comes with two eggs any style (I got sunny side up), chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread. The perfect breakfast to have before a day of sight-seeing, it fills you up but is light and fresh so won’t weigh you down. I love avocado so the fact they gave me a whole one was an added bonus. The chopped salad tasted like it was picked from the garden that morning and the labne added a nice tang to everything.
Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato and Haloumi is two poached eggs, grilled tomato and haloumi, served with sourdough toast. Another solid breakfast that didn’t leave us hungry but also didn’t put us into a food coma. I’ve never had haloumi before and I am hoping to see it on more restaurant menus as this salty cheese is delicious! When cooked the consistency is similar to mozzarella.
Stop by Jack’s Wife Freda for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner in a small but warm atmosphere with really friendly service. For Soho, you can’t beat the price.