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Must-See Brooklyn Heights

by Peter Terzian, Harrison Peck and Andrew Rosenberg, 03/05/2014 [Updated 02/17/2016]

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  • Noodle Pudding
    38 Henry St., 718-625-3737
    Kugel isn't on the menu, making the name something of a puzzle, but noodles are greatly in evidence. This neighborhood restaurant—a first-date favorite, with eminently reasonable prices (but cash only)—serves handsomely prepared traditional Italian fare, with such sure-to-please pasta dishes as gnocchi with butter and sage, linguine alla puttanesca and large slabs of lasagna. The bread alone—fresh loaves of ciabatta dipped in olive oil with tomatoes and parsley—is a worthy draw in itself. Arrive early (the spot opens at 5:30pm, except Sundays, when it opens at 5pm, and Mondays, when it's closed), because Noodle Pudding doesn't take reservations (unless your party includes at least six people); at 7pm, the place begins to get crowded, and the noise level can rise precipitously. If you can, sit by the window, with its view of busy Henry Street. —PT

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