Art at Hanco’s – Racy or Awesome?

No doubt that Hanco’s [147 Montague Street] is a super-fantastic addition to Brooklyn Heights. Nothing beats their classic Vietnamese sandwich or, if you’re so inclined, the Bubble Tea. But we’ve noticed something there that seems oddly out of place, the huge mural facing the counter. Now, we don’t know nothin’ ’bout fancy art but the “80’s dorm room soft porn” tableau of a comely lady and her white stallion seems a bit racy for a sammich joint. Now, we hate to drop an “N” word but is that a nipple we see? Holy cow!

This all seems a little too Equus for us. How ’bout you?

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  • Todd

    A delicious and *very much needed* addition to the underwhelming array of noshing options on Monty. My wife and I used to walk down Atlantic, east of Smith to get a tasty VietSandy. Kooky design or not.

  • Claude Scales

    Awesomely racy.

  • Lou

    Why Equus? Why not the documentary “Zoo”, the documentary of the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse?

    But seriously, if the sight of a perky nipple through a shirt turns you away from eating somewhere then you have some problems. Your dads old copies of National Geographic this ain’t!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Very artistic, I approve. Just think of what the alternative could be, Oh My Pasta!!!!!! comes to mind. (Pictures of Pasta) ugh

    Yea, a nice picture of their classic sandwich on the wall. No thanks. Give me the artistic, anytime.

    Yes, “awesome racy”. Claude has a way of reducing a comment to its essentials.

  • AEB

    Doubt that most customers will bridle….

  • bklyn20

    The L’Air du Temps mademoiselle has become an equestrienne?

  • DrewB

    I’ve been in there three times and was so focused on the sandwiches I guess I didn’t notice. Judging from the crowds I’ve seen in there, don’t seem to really bother anyone else either. Of course If someone was offended it would bet pretty easy not to be subjected to it, don’t go….

  • Elmer Fudd

    Yum, yum.

  • T.K. Small

    A welcome addition to the neighborhood, and the food is good too…

  • Hicks St Guy

    agree the food is good, their pho travels very well.

  • harumph

    Okay, I’m going to clearly be the nay-sayer here, but the food at Hanco’s is just not all that good. Ridiculously poor service and the quality of food is completely inconsistent. Nicky’s Vietnamese is exceedingly better and they deliver to the heights.
    oh, and about the “art” – sigh.

  • Winstion Smith


    I have been to Hanco’s several times and agree, the service is awful. But, I think the food is fine for what it is and its a great addition to the neighborhood.
    Now if only the waitresses looked and dressed like the woman in the picture ;)

  • harumph

    @Bobble – no, how about they give you a number, you wait and wait and wait, oops, they forgot 1/2 your order, you wait and wait as half your party’s soup gets cold and then you finally get your food that is sub-par for Vietnamese sandwiches…try Nicky’s and you’ll soon understand the difference.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Haha reminds me of the Mariah Carey music video from the 90’s where she rides a horse in her nighty.

  • harumph

    Bobble – you anonymous as well – and I don’t see your blogging that much on this site. Why take me to task for my opinion?

  • resident

    I too haven’t found any reason to complain about Hanco’s service. Everytime I’ve been in there, I’ve been able to order quickly and food has been available in a reasonable time (certainly no slower than it takes L&H to make two sandwiches).

    Harumph, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I just prefer to have multiple negative experiences before I bash a place on the internet. By the way, where is Nicky’s, would love to give them a try.

  • harumph

    Nicky’s is on Atlantic bet Hoyt and Bond – but they deliver to Bklyn Hts.
    And I’ve been to Hanco’s more than once (twice, the first time was the first week so I gave them another try very recently).

  • The Where

    Come on folks please get back to the nipple.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Oh yeah, the nipple. Yum, yum.

  • Winston Smith

    Harumph’s description of Hanco’s service is spot on. I have gone there about 5 or 6 times and all but once the service was very slow and disorganized. One time I had to wait 25 minutes for a to go order.

  • Heightsguy

    I’ve been eating Vietnamese food for decades on Baxter St., and then in Sunset Park. I haven’t had the banh mi yet (sandwiches) at Hanco, but had several other items and they were not as good as at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Chinatowns. OK, so there is no Chinese food outside of Chinatowns that is very authentic, either!

    As an example of authentic Vietnamese fare, Nha Trang on Baxter St. , even tho’ touristy, excels. Great place to go if you are a demonstrator just released from detention at the Tombs, it’s just up the block.

    Has anyone tried the odd Japanese-Burmese place behind the deli on Remsen? It’s hard to even know it is there! (near Perelandra)

  • Pierrepont

    By the way, what has happened to the deli on the corner of Clinton and Jouralemon. Looks, dare I say, closed. Was this expected?

  • my2cents

    40 Years from now, Nabeguy’s going to be complaining that this mural should be preserved as a relic of the old neighborhood.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Let’s get back to the nipple, folks. Yum.

  • Joe

    I’ve been to Brooklyn Heights location 4 times now and I’d say the cobble hill/boerum hill location has better bahn mi and service. The lady at the Brooklyn heights location who packs up the food always look so confused and is slower than molasses. If I’m taking it to go, I always run an errand to the bank or pharmacy so it’s ready when I come back.

    Though I don’t think Hanco’s is great compared to the other vietnamese restaurants in Manhattan or elsewhere, I do think it is a good addition to the neighborhood.