I should probably preface this post my telling you that I love brunch. I just dig the vibe, you know. Starting your day with good food and friends seems pretty ideal if you ask me. And since I was in NYC with friends in Soho and we needed a little something, something to get us going, Jack's Wife Freda was the perfect choice.
I'm not going to lie, the first time we showed up, there wasn't a long line with a one hour wait time. We didn't have that kind of time so we opted to go back earlier the next morning before things got crazy. An excellent plan, if I do say so myself.
It's a small space with an eclectic crowd. There was a nun sitting next a guy totally covered in tattoos when we were there. I'm sure you fall somewhere in that spectrum, so you'll feel totally comfortable. The staff is very friendly and super efficient. Which is really important in a place that turns over as many tables as they do.
The menu is interesting, varied and has a sprinkling of Portugal. I opted to have steak for breakfast or how they'd call it in Portugal, a "prego". It was cooked and seasoned to perfection. It may have even made me a little giddy, but not as giddy as my sister got when she was presented with her duck prosciutto "madame Freda". It was a caloric mountain of beauty! I hear it tastes divine too.
If you're headed out to do a little shopping in Soho, be sure to use this place as a fueling stop. Just try on the skinny jeans before you get here. The change room experience might be a little tougher after "madame Freda". Jack's Wife Freda is open from breakfast to dinner so you'll have lots of time to schedule it in.