I haven't been here since 1996 or 2004--don't really remember though I tried to look up the history of the restaurant so I may be way off.
The main reason I would rate it okay is because of the server Yadira! She was alone on the floor and was waiting on 6 parties, including one outside, without any help and kept everything going smoothly, checking back with each table, refilling drinks without having to be asked, smiling the whole time without having a single customer calling, waving or trying to get her attention. As a retired server I admired the way she worked the customers and their orders.
Now to the food! Is a meatball or chicken parmigiana sandwich/panini (no matter what you call it) worth $19 each? While tasty neither was special enough to make a trip for. You don't get any sides or drinks with it though they do have a $15 lunch special including a panini, salad and, I don't remember, either a dessert of soft drink included.
We had a groupon for $50 worth of food for which we paid $28 and, of course, the lunch special wasn't allowed with the groupon. For dessert we split a large slice of a non-descript Carrot cake with a small scoop of ice cream.
Altogether with the cost of the goupon plus the the check coming to $56.71 plus tip lunch cost us about $20 each, which more or less is becoming the 'average' for lunch.
The main, and probably only, reason I would go back is just to watch Yadira in 'action'!
Though they have changed the interior since the last time I was there Noodles Panini is still a small place and really has no need for 3 televisions!