Unless you live in Brooklyn Heights, you’ve likely never heard of Noodle Pudding. This is the definition of a hidden gem: no website, no sign, cash-only, and a name so dumb you’d have to know this place was good in order to walk in. What you get is above-average Italian at affordable prices in an atmosphere that feels more down-to-earth than any new place with fancy flatware and a font supervisor. Bring cash, bring your parents, bring a date, or just bring yourself and eat heaps of gnocchi.
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