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Jack's Wife Freda
Posted by Anonymous on 11/25/2013
Have visited now on two separate occasions - neither one was very enjoyable. Tried the Grilled Haloumi and the Chicken Prego on one visit -- tasteless. The Chicken Kabob and the Smoked Paprika Egg Salad on the other visit -- no improvement. I really wanted to like this place since my office is only 2 blocks away; it's cute with a neat vibe but the food is unpalatable and the service is slow and surly.
Posted by Jonzi Bear on 02/05/2013
There are so few small and charming restaurants in SoHo that are a) affordable b) casual and c) delicious. The staff were all very nice (and cute!) when we ate there, and their suggestions were spot-on. Great apps, steak and matzoh ball soup. The bill wasn't too high, either. We will return!
Posted by shavey lee on 01/08/2013
My three rather unpleasant experiences here reminded me of the early scenes in a number of Kitchen Nightmare episodes. The first time I attempted to eat here, it was crowded, so I opted for take-out. Waited for someone to take my order, while servers kept telling me not to stand where the last server had specifically told me to wait.. As no one ever took my order, I finally walked out. Stupidly giving them another chance, a few weeks later, I ordered their chicken soup to-go, which once I opened it, sitting on a park bench, just forty feet away, was barely luke warm. How hard is it to heat a bowl of soup? I had sworn the place off, but after coming down with the flu, some months later, I was desperate for and stupidly returned. The place was totally empty as it was around 5:30 PM, well before dinner, so I thought I might actually get my order taken care of quickly. To speed things up, I even asked for the order to NOT be heated, since I wasn't going straight home - had to pick up some cold meds, as well - and didn't need the added benefit of order turning into a petri dish for bacteria, slowly cooling off in the winter weather, by the time I got back to my apartment. After waiting for twenty minutes I asked the counter person if she had heard me when I asked for the order to not be heated. Disgustedly, she snapped back, "Yeah! I heard ya the first time!" Eventually received my order which was piping hot. Funny, when I had wanted it hot, I couldn't get it. Now that I wanted it cold, they boiled the hell out of it, before giving it to me. Asked the bored young woman if she had heard me, why I didn't get my order the way I had asked for it. She answered that they HAD to heat it up, by law! Never heard this one before, but why hadn't she told me that when I first made that request? Do you want your money back?, she inquired. Before I could answer, the entire wait staff of three, who had all been sitting around doing nothing, begin to get cute, taking lame pot shots at me, like; who wants cold soup, anyway? I live just around the corner and would have loved a place I could grab food on my way home, but this is a mismanaged, deadbeat dive.
Posted by brian on 08/06/2012
really loved the energy as well as the fresh simple "homemade" food
Posted by Kate on 06/14/2012
I go to Jacks Wife Freda regularly because it is just my favorite restaurant. Every dish for brunch and dinner is amazing - specifically the burger, eggplant, peri peri chicken, and shakshuka. The staff is attentive and lovely. The food is well-priced and the family that owns it will always make sure you have a special experience every time.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2012
I think they're trying but they keep missing on all accounts -- have visited 3X since it opened and I just can't figure it out. Mediocre food, ridiculously small portions, clueless (but attractive) service -- think I'll wait awhile before returning again.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/19/2012
I intend to become a regular here. The couple that owns Jack's... is so nice and always make me feel welcome. Can't wait to eat here more and since it's so affordable, I plan to!