The cookout is to summertime as the pickle is to New York: It’s just a no-brainer. For all your upcoming outdoor get-togethers, here are some of our local favorites and their unexpected twists on tradition.
The Pickle Guys It doesn’t get more Lower East Side than an open room full of condiments. Stop by the small barrel-filled storefront to load up on classic, kosher staples, along with some wild cards like pickled mangoes and Jamaican bonnet peppers (warning: toothpicks and a super-spicy tolerance required). 49 Essex St. at Grand St.
Brooklyn Brine We’re obsessed with all things booze-infused--and whiskey-sour spears and maple-bourbon slices are no exception. But the Gowanus pickle mongers have taken that obsession one step further by partnering up with Dogfish Head beer on a new IPA-and-hops concoction (ready in July). 574a President St. at Fourth Ave., Brooklyn; available throughout NYC
Sour Puss Pickles Aside from its totally adorable name, this small-batch Brooklyn operation has a lock on the surprising-side-dish market--from curried cauliflower to mustard-tarragon asparagus and everything vinegar-based in between. Available at Bedford Cheese Shop locations, Union Market locations and Whole Foods on Houston Street