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Cool down with these 8 cold noodle dishes in NYC

Cool down with some chilly carbs!

While noodle lovers may not be able to resist ramen, spaghetti or even lasagna in a heatwave, there are plenty of cold noodle options to help with your noodle fix.

Grab a sweatshirt -- you're getting cold -- and stay in the A/C, these are the coolest noodles of the summer!

Cold noodles Szechuan style at Cafè China

Part of the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant's cold menu
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Part of the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant's cold menu are these spectacular cold noodles. Long wheat noodles are tossed in a sauce made with black vinegar, garlic, chili oil, soy and topped with sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and a handful of scallions (optional) for a bit of texture. A cool bowl of these noodles makes for a perfect lunch or cool down snack and the spicy kick will have you reaching for the ice water -- even more refreshing!

Cold soba at Soba-ya

Before you chill out you're going to need
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Before you chill out you're going to need to wait for a table at this nicely air-conditioned spot. Beyond appetizers, the menu is split into homemade noodles in hot broth or cold dipping noodles available in three sizes. Choose the later and the larger, with udon or soba, to dip into a chilled soy sauce. Opt for toppings like shredded crunchy nori, tempura shrimp and shiso and a cooked mushrooms to add more depth. At the end of your noodle slurping, the leftover sauce will be mixed with buckwheat cooking water for a surprisingly refreshing tea-like soup to sip. 229 E. 9th St., 212-533-6966, sobaya-nyc.com

Lang Pi Cold Skin Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods

One of the dishes that put Xi'an Famous
Photo Credit: Xi'an Famous Foods

One of the dishes that put Xi'an Famous Foods on the map, and has led the small Western Chinese restaurant to start dominating NYC's map, is the cold noodles. Hand-pulled noodles are doused in a garlicky chili-oil sauce -- you choose how spicy you can handle -- and tossed with shredded cucumber, sprouts, cilantro and spungy gluten for some extra chewiness. Mi Pi Cold Rice Noodles are the "sister" dish made with thinner, bouncier rice noodles. Multiple locations, xianfoods.com

Cold lemon shio ramen at Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen serves up some of the most
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Ivan Ramen serves up some of the most slurpable and flavorful ramen bowls in the city, and that extends to the cold bowls on the menu, too. One of our favs is the shio (salt-based broth) ramen served cold with lemon. Additional ingredients like roasted tomatoes and dashi broth (fish stock often made with the edible kelp kombu) really amp up the flavor profile of this rye noodle dish. Lemon and cold noodles. Sounds refreshing, right?! 25 Clinton St., ivanramen.com

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Preserved Ramps at Oiji

This new small plates Korean restaurant in the
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This new small plates Korean restaurant in the East Village is the perfect cool spot for a hot day. This cold noodle fish features buckwheat noodles in a sauce preserved in a controlled kimchi refrigerator for 4-6 months! Soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic and ramps all bring the flavor in this chilled noodle dish, and a soft boiled egg on top is a nice touch. 119 First Ave., 646-767-9050, oijinyc.com

Sansai soba at Cocoron

Cocoron serves up some of the best soba
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Cocoron serves up some of the best soba noodles in the city - and they're good for you, too. Made primarily with buckwheat and served with the water the noodles are cooked in at the end of the meal (called sobayu), soba is a better for you alternative to ramen. But that doesn't mean the noodles aren't delicious! One of our favorites at Cocoron is the Sansai Cold Soba, which is available hot, too. The vegan dish comes with broth made from seaweed as opposed to bonito (fish) but still has loads of flavor thanks to toppings like scallions, bamboo shoots, kitsune tofu (simmered and deep-fried), flowering fern, tempura and wood ear mushrooms. 61 Delancey St., cocoron-soba.com

Noodle Salad at Café Serai

If only all salads could be so noodley!
Photo Credit: Café Serai

If only all salads could be so noodley! Inside the well-air conditioned Rubin Museum of art is Himalayan-inspired Café Serai. The small-plate noodle salad is made with Japanese Hiroshi noodles tossed in a sweet and sour tamarind dressing, and topped with nori flakes and a fried egg for extra savory flavor. 150 W. 17th St., 212-620-5000, rubinmuseum.org

Pulled Chicken Cold Noodles at Northern Tiger

This almost salad-like creation feels healthy and offers
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This almost salad-like creation feels healthy and offers plenty of noodle goodness! Enjoy hand-cut wheat noodles tossed with Cascun Farm's pulled chicken, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers and a Szechuan peppercorn chile oil dressing. 250 Vesey St., 212-786-0316, northerntigernyc.com

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