Jet lag had me awake at some godawful hour, and I decided that I wanted waffles for breakfast. A proper American breakfast. A quick bit of Googling revealed that Jack’s Wife Freda (on Lafayette Street in SoHo) was going to achieve this for me, so I jumped on the Subway and headed over, finding myself standing under the striped awning just as the place opened at 9am. Perfect. Things were going to go my way today 🙂
Staff in striped t-shirts greeted me as I entered the bright and airy restaurant, and immediately clocked my British accent. “Take a seat – anywhere you like – we do an amaaazing full English breakfast.” Ummm no, that is NOT what I was here for – I didn’t even need to see a menu, I knew what I would order: a Rosewater Waffle, topped with Lebanese yoghurt, mixed berries and honey syrup, for just ten bucks.
Refreshment came in the form of a fresh cantaloupe juice ($5) – literally an entire melon, pulped and served with a straw – very refreshing and naturally sweet.
I sat at my table by the open French doors, enjoying the breeze and watching the world go by as my breakfast took shape in the kitchen. The restaurant started to fill up – a group of SoHo fashionistas, a couple of business folk…
And then – YAY! – the longed-for waffles made an appearance and I dived into this:
Seriously yummy. The rosewater gave the waffles an interesting flavour which was unusual but not overpowering. I wasn’t a huge fan of the honey syrup – I’d have preferred maple – but the dish as a whole was the perfect start to what was set to be a busy day of walking, shopping and art.
Jack’s Wife Freda is also open for lunch and dinner, serving everything from sandwiches and salads to fish, steak and cocktails.
First stop, Christie’s, to check out some of the unbelievably expensive artworks that were up for auction…
And then? Shopping. Retail therapy. Shopping. Browsing. More shopping 🙂
Here’s my shopping list of top NYC retail destinations for fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012