Slideshow: 17 Great Cold Noodles in New York for Hot Summer Days

Cocoron's Soba—All of It
Cocoron's Soba—All of It

As we've said before, Cocoron's soba is probably the finest buckwheat noodle experience in New York. The menu offers the noodles in dozens of variations, chilled and in hot broth. We recommend them all. For something a little different, consider ordering the cold noodles served with hot broth on the side. You warm your noodles quickly with a brief dip in the pot, then slurp away. The best of cold and hot noodle worlds.

Cocoron, Lower East Side: 61 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 (map); 212-925-5220; cocoron-soba.com

Cocoron, Nolita: 37 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-966-0800; cocoron-soba.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Legend's Dan Dan Noodles Cheng-Du Style
Legend's Dan Dan Noodles Cheng-Du Style

Savory minced pork studs the tender Dan Dan Noodles Cheng-Du Style ($5.50) in this small but satisfying dish at Legend. This bowl is particularly light on the chili oil, but they still keep the flavors balanced. One of the best dishes of dan dan noodles in the city.

Legend: 88 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); 212-929-1778; legendbarrestaurant.com

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Bun Cha Gio at Cong Ly
Bun Cha Gio at Cong Ly

The Bun Cha Gio ($5) at Cong Ly is one of the best Vietnamese dishes you'll find in New York. Cong Ly uses angel hair noodles for their delicacy—much thinner than most—and the noodles are an excellent foil for the restaurant's intensely crisp, intensely juicy pork spring rolls. Considering it's a dish of rice starch jumbled with pork wrapped in fried pasta, it's surprisingly refreshing.

Cong Ly: 124 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002 (map); 212-343-1111

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Legend's Tears in Eyes
Legend's Tears in Eyes

Legend's liang fen ($6.95) are poetically named and deceptively nuanced. On some days, their sauce of roasted chilies and fermented black beans is not hot at all; on other days it packs a wallop. We dig the noodles both ways, and make sure to order them every time we're at this Chelsea Sichuan gem.

Legend: 88 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); 212-929-1778; legendbarrestaurant.com

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Lao Cheng Du's Spicy Mung Bean Jello Salad
Lao Cheng Du's Spicy Mung Bean Jello Salad

The liang fen (a more accurate but less fun name than "jello salad") at Lao Cheng Du is especially fresh and wobbly. The noodles come in a sauce of sweet black vinegar, chili, and cilantro. Sweet, sour, hot, and herbal flavors vie for your attention, but in a deliberate, orchestrated kind of way that's anything but noisy.

Lao Cheng Du (fka Prince Noodle House): 37-17 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354 (map); 718-886-5595

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles from Xi'an Famous Foods
Liang Pi Cold Skin Noodles from Xi'an Famous Foods

Liang Pi noodles are Xi'an Famous Foods' claim to fame: chewy, fresh handmade noodles slicked in an addictive sauce of chili oil, black vinegar, and sweet spices. Spongy gluten, crisp cucumber, and bright cilantro add texture and more freshness to the deceptively hot sauce. These noodles are basically a New York institution now, and we still love them.

Xi'an Famous Foods: multiple locations; xianfoods.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Lanzhou Liang Mian at Lanzhou Handmade Noodles
Lanzhou Liang Mian at Lanzhou Handmade Noodles

You get to watch these noodles made right in front of you at the Golden Shopping Mall, as they start from a block of dough and get slapped and spun into individual noodles. The dish is dressed with shredded cucumber, sesame paste, and chili oil, a simple but effective sauce for these bouncy noodles.

Lanzhou Handmade Noodles: Golden Shopping Mall, Basement Stall 27, 41-28 Main Street, Flushing, NY

[Photograph: Lingbo Li]

Soba Nippon's Soba
Soba Nippon's Soba

You'll pay a hefty price for these noodles ($20), made from buckwheat grown on the restaurant's own farm in Canada. The soba is stellar, well cooked and full of nutty buckwheat flavor, but comes with pretty bare-bones accompaniments. Still, given its midtown location, the deal is worth it, and Soba Nippon is nice enough for a business lunch.

Soba Nippon: 19 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10103 (map); 212-489-2525; sobanippon.com

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Cold Noodles Szechuan Style at Café China
Cold Noodles Szechuan Style at Café China

Blending smooth and crunchy, cool and spicy, the Cold Noodles Szechuan Style ($6) is one satisfying small bite at Cafe China. The wheat noodles are springy but not tough, and the peanut-chili-scallion dressing is worlds better than 95% of its competition. Why can't all cold peanut noodles be this good?

Café China: 13 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-213-2810; cafechinanyc.com

[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Naeng Myun at Geum Sung
Naeng Myun at Geum Sung

An intense beef broth is the base of this naeng myun. The noodles themselves are pliant without being mushy, and they take well to their saucy accompaniments.

Geum Sung: 40-07 149th Place, Flushing, NY 11354 (map); 718-539-4596

[Photograph: Chris Hansen]

Hand-Pulled Noodles in Sesame Oil at Sheng Wang
Hand-Pulled Noodles in Sesame Oil at Sheng Wang

The hand-pulled noodles in sesame oil are really more a dish of cold sesame noodles, but nomenclature confusion aside, they're good stuff. Sheng Wang makes some of the bounciest, freshest hand pulled noodles in Chinatown, and the dish's simple sesame sauce and crisp vegetable topping makes for a refreshing but substantial meal, all for just a few bucks.

Sheng Wang: 27 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 (map); 212-925-0805

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Yun Nan Flavor Snack's Cold Rice Noodles
Yun Nan Flavor Snack's Cold Rice Noodles

The sauce that comes with the standard order of dressed cold rice noodles ($4.75) at Yun Nan Flavor Snack is a complex mixture. Chili oil and vinegar play a large role, but they're balanced by soy sauce and sugar. Ground pork and roasted peanuts complete the dish, and unlike elsewhere, they cling to the chewy noodles instead of slumping to the bottom of the bowl.

Yun Nan Flavor Snack: 774 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (map); 718-633-3090; yunnanflavorsnack.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Daily Soba Lunch Special at Sakagura
Daily Soba Lunch Special at Sakagura

Sakagura styles itself as an underground, unpretentious spot for Japanese, but they take their soba ($11.50) seriously. The elements of the lunch special change daily, but are built on foundations of well formed buckwheat noodles. The noodles are admittedly light on roasted buckwheat flavor, so make sure to let their accompanying sauce soak in before eating.

Sakagura: 211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017 (map); 212-953-7253; sakagura.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]