In the summer, New York City can be as sweltering as a jungle in Vietnam. So when heat waves hit the city, it makes sense to look to tropical cultures to gain sustenance without feeling loaded down, and we have just the place for a refreshing bite.
Hanco’s, which has three Brooklyn locations (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and South Slope), dishes out bowls of cold, tasty, thin rice noodles ($6), perfect for when the temperatures rise. Fresh garnishes of lettuce, carrots, cucumber and mint leaves cool the dish further, while sharp scallion oil and vinaigrette bring the savory flavors to the fore, and chopped peanuts lend crunch. Chicken, pork, shrimp or tofu make these noodle dishes more of a meal for an additional $2.25. For a grab-and-go version, try the summer roll, with plump shrimp, vermicelli noodles, mint and lettuce, wrapped in rice paper ($4.25). Frozen sweets, including a lychee sorbet ($3), also help beat the heat. Wash it all down with specialty bubble teas in nearly two dozen flavors — the honeydew variety ($3.75) is especially fitting for the season.
Hanco’s is also known for its generous banh mi sandwiches, great at any time of the year. But save the steaming hot bowls of pho for winter.
Hanco’s Bubble Tea & Vietnamese Sandwich
147 Montague St.
85 Bergen St.
350 Seventh Ave.