5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

5. Hiyashi Chuka at Rai Rai Ken -- This mix-it-yourself assemblage of cold ramen and other cooling ingredients is a summer godsend, with a little spicy brown mustard to perk it up. Find apples, egg, cucumber, seaweed, and red ginger in the mix. 214 East 10th Street, 212) 477-7030

So far, summer's been a breeze, with temps hovering in the mid-70s and a brisk wind blowing off the Upper Bay. But suddenly, the temps are zooming into the upper 90s, the wind has gone bye bye, and the humidity threatens to reach 100%. Food can help -- stay away from baked potatoes, hot pastrami sandwiches, and steaming pork roasts. Here are five suggestions to help you feel cooler.

5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

4. Smashed Cucumbers in Garlic Sauce at Mission Chinese -- This Sichuan standard -- probably invented to quell a chile-pepper burn -- features cukes along with sesame paste, fresh coriander, and vinegar and will leave your mouth feeling like it's been laved in a cooling garlic mouthwash. 154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800

5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

3. Babaganoush at Yemen Cafe -- Served with unlimited giant pitas made on the premises, Yemen Cafe's baba is nothing short of wonderful, especially on a sweltering day. They know how to cool down in those desert kingdoms! (I'm referring to Bay Ridge, not Yemen.) 7130 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-745-8000

5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

2. Italian Hero at Faicco's Pork Store -- The thin-sliced capicola (a Puglian neck-meat ham), prosciutto, and soppressata all lie cool on the tongue, and so does everything else -- lettuce, homemade mozzarella, and your choice of sun-dried tomatoes, and hot or sweet peppers. The sandwich is so big, you're going to want to share it with a friend. 260 Bleecker Street, 212-243-1974


5 Cooling Dishes to Help You Beat the Heat

1. Assorted Raw Oysters at Mermaid Oyster Bar -- Nothing better than scintillatingly fresh oysters on ice served with mignonette and horseradish ketchup. 79 MacDougal Street, 212-260-0100

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Rai Rai Ken

218 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10009


Mission Chinese Food
Yemen Cafe

7130 5th Ave.
New York, NY 11209


Faicco's Italian Specialties

260 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014


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