Feature of the week: Freda's - Caribbean & Soul Cuisine
Eleanor and her son Kai-- the co owners of Freda's-- have been in the neighborhood for thirty five years and has experienced the transformation of Bloomingdale: from streets filled with drugs, to a friendly, culturally-diverse neighborhood. In 2009, Freda's was the only restaurant on Columbus Avenue besides Crepes on Columbus and is still the only Caribbean restaurant in the neighborhood.
From being able to see bakers kneading dough and baking bread at 11:00pm to walking in to hear the employee say, “You want your regular?”, Silver Moon has truly helped create a sense of community. Judith, the owner and baker, describes, “It’s a neighborhood center. On 9/11 it was jammed packed because people wanted to be with each other and their community.”
Chander has been in the neighborhood for 32 years and has helped create Bloomingdale “a restaurant row” along with his partner Ivan by running Roti Roll Bombay Frankie. Since 2004 when the store opened, Roti Roll has gained an immense customer base at Columbia and Barnard.
Having ran Zanny’s cafe for the past 8 years, Julia – the owner – has created a true neighborhood cafe in which she can confidently claim, “I know just about everyone”. She offers, “Good food. Good quality. And Good prices.”