Upon first moving to New York, I knew I was walking into a foodie’s paradise. When living in a city that specializes in a variety of dishes due to its blend of cultures and diversity, it’s inevitable. With that being said, a lot of the food you try here will be authentic, unique and downright delicious.
Be warned though, just because it says “original” in front of the name doesn’t actually mean it’s original. Also, if you’re anywhere near Times Square and you think the pizza or bagels around there are what New Yorkers are talking about when they say they have the best pizza and bagels around – you’ve been duped.
In fact, the best restaurants aren’t near the core of Manhattan, but in nooks and crannies, neighborhoods like the West Village, Hell’s Kitchen, Meatpacking, and the Lower East Side to name a few. I could literally sit here writing a guide on how to find the best food in NY. Instead of doing that, I decided to share my current favorite restaurant, Jack’s Wife Freda, and what makes it worth writing about.
With two locations, one at 224 Lafayette St. and another on 50 Carmine St, Jack's Wife Freda encompasses the perfect scene for a weeknight dinner or a weekend brunch. It's simply for those who enjoy a small setting where they can sit back, relax, and chat with friends while dining on unique dishes that make Jack's Wife Freda all its own. Make no mistake, the fact that they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner does not mean they specialize in just those three things. No, they also present excellent customer service and an affable environment. When I went there with a friend recently, we split their fried zucchini chips and a pot of their Bloody Mary Mussels with a Chicken Prego sandwich. We topped off these delectable dishes with quite possibly the best drink I've ever had during my twenty-two years of existence: Pimm's Cup No. 1. I don't know where I've been, but I have clearly been missing out on this lemonade, mint and ginger treat.
This Mediterranean establishment is known for their breakfast dishes just as much as their dinner selections. Since I'm a brunch kind of gal, I'd personally go with their Mediterranean breakfast with two eggs any style, chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread. For dinner I'd recommend their roasted cauliflower and either that Chicken Prego sandwich I mentioned or their Vegetable Curry bowl that I've heard great things about. So if you ever want to sit back, relax and have a good catch-up with friends after a long day at work or over a cantaloupe mimosa at Sunday brunch, Jack's Wife Freda is the place for you.