Great neighborhood restaurants are meant to be well-guarded secrets. Glorious hideaways with solid food, friendly staff and the comfort of regulars. And, if they know exactly how you like your Negroni, you're in real luck.
Yes, I know what you're thinking. Noodle Pudding?!? What kind of a name is that?
I agree. Frankly, until I started frequenting this Italian trattoria, I always associated Noodle Pudding with the rich, Judaic casserole treat pictured above. But now, Noodle Kugel is Noodle Kugel - and Noodle Pudding is simply one of my favorite, casual Italian restaurants in the city.
This would a fine state of affairs - a state featuring a perfect Caesar Salad, Paparadelle with Wild Boar Ragu and Vinny's Montauk Bass - but then the New Yorker had to go and ruin it.
They ran a review.
I hate them. Really. I hate them. I mean, the review itself is fine. I actually agree with their take on this humble, homey Brooklyn restaurant:
If you set out to create the epitome of a decent neighborhood restaurant, you