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Jack's Wife Freda Opening 3rd Outpost in Chelsea

By Maya Rajamani | October 11, 2017 9:25am
 Jack's Wife Freda co-owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz outside their West Village outpost.
Jack's Wife Freda co-owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz outside their West Village outpost.
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CHELSEA — Popular American-Mediterranean restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda is bringing its peri-peri chicken and shakshuka to Eighth Avenue.

The “lively all-day bistro,” which serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner at its outposts in the West Village and SoHo, plans to open a third restaurant at 116 Eighth Ave., at the corner of West 16th Street, co-owner Dean Jankelowitz told DNAinfo New York.


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The first Jack’s Wife Freda, which Jankelowitz and his wife opened on Lafayette Street in 2012, was named for his grandparents Freda and Jack, who met in South Africa in the 1930s, he explained.

“Freda was an amazingly gracious host,” he said, adding that her hospitality was “something magnificent." “It was a great inspiration to lean on as we started moving forward and developing.”

The new eatery will serve many of the items found on the other spots' menus, including its popular peri-peri chicken, several brunch items and salads, Jankelowitz said.

Brunch dishes include a sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar bechamel, gruyere and a sunny-side up egg; and shakshuka made with tomatillo, baked eggs and challah toast.

Cocktails, wine and beer will be on its drinks menu, pending liquor license approval.

The restaurant, which is moving into the space formerly occupied by Mary Ann's, is expected to open next year, Jankelowitz noted.

“What I’m hoping is for a very similar sort of ambience [as] at the other two locations — just very friendly, very inviting, welcoming,” he said. “We’re very excited to be in a new neighborhood.”