While a New York summer isn’t complete without a classic hot dog, consider skipping the grills and food stands this year by upgrading everyone's favorite cookout dish to a deluxe meal. These NYC restaurants are offering one-of-a-kind hot dog toppings that are sure to hit it out of the ballpark all season long.
Escape to Queens and experience a one-stop shop to satisfy all your hot dog cravings. With incredible toppings like smashed avocado and diced pineapples, you'll be back again and again to try the rest of the menu. Pair the gourmet dogs with one of their many signature cocktails, such as the JD's Honey Lemonade. 37-06 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-3647
Choose your sausage from a list of 16 unique options from chicken links to vegan specialties. From there, choose up to two toppings including grilled onions, sweet peppers, spicy beef chili, or mango chutney. This meaty joint also goes above and beyond to impress their diners with its never-ending list of draft beers. 285 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 718-388-2170
This Gotham West spot proves that two is better than one with their famous dish: Cannibal Dogs 2.0. With so many flavors layered on their crispy buns, there's a reason why they include two dogs in the order. The "tiger style" duo comes stacked with spicy tripe chili, scallion, and Chinese mustard. Wash it all down with a cold brew from their extensive beer menu. 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7947
Tucked inside a whole-animal butcher shop, this American eatery features a menu of delicious options such as the hot dog with mayo and kimchi, a spicy pickled cabbage. Elevate your dining experience by selecting one of their English-style pasties from a sausage roll to a beef and red wine mixture. 375 Amsterdam Ave., 212-362-8731
This meat-centric French bistro deserves all the praise with its iconic homemade beef wiener served on a fresh brioche bun with sautéed onions, mustard, ketchup, and a special "299 relish." However, if you're looking to try something new, we recommend the Thai Dog. This gourmet dog brings the right kick to an all-American classic with pork, lemongrass, and red curry links, topped with green papaya, toasted peanuts, and chili sauce. Yum! 299 Bowery, 212-933-5300