Dear Brooklyn Heights Residents,
You don't know me, but I moved into your lovely neighborhood some months ago. I hope it isn't too much trouble, but can you please stop eating at Noodle Pudding and Henry's End so much? I have heard a great deal, all of it good, about these restaurants, and I would like to sample the supposed ultimate and penultimate in Brooklyn Heights dining. But I can't get a table. It doesn't matter the day — Saturday, Thursday…it could be a Tuesday and every time I walk by that end of Henry there's never an open table. Even their respective bar areas are crowded. Once a companion and I walked into Noodle Pudding, but it was so busy we ended up leaving after five minutes of standing around waiting to be put on the waiting list. It's crazy. So, I ask you: Stop going. Please. I know it will be difficult, but there are plenty of options in the area, some of which may surprise you. It's time for you to try new places. Open up to fresh experiences. Dine in the Chinese takeout place. Have Fascati's deliver a pizza to you on the Promenade. And there's always a free table at Food Maestro.
If you find this request too difficult to fathom, I'll compromise: For all of next week, don't eat at either Noodle Pudding or Henry's End, and I will find two nights to attend these restaurants. I think you can keep away for seven days. Cook a meal, live your life.
(Fink's note: What makes Noodle and End so magnetic? What keeps you going back? I recently discussed Henry's End with a legendary music television director who lives in the nabe. We both agreed that the wine list there is the main attraction… what do you think?)
Flickr photo by myersschecter