The best pies for the holidays in New York City

Get one of the best pies Gotham has to offer to complete your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year.

0

Comments

Add +

We tasted dozens of pies to whittle down a list of the very best. Whether you’re craving pecan, pumpkin or apple varieties—or something altogether different—we’ve got you covered for dessert on Thanksgiving. But order soon: these seasonal pastries from New York's top bakeries will be gone in no time.


RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in New York guide 2013


  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Salted Caramel Apple Pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

    Sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen tweaked this traditional favorite with a hint of light caramel, herbaceous Angostura bitters and a Maldon-salt-speckled crust. Order now for pickup before Nov 28.  439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com). Nine-inch pie $38.

  • Photographer: Lauren Spinelli

    Apple blondie pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

    Crack Pie mastermind Christina Tosi cements her reputation as the queen of hybrid desserts with her latest Thanksgiving crossbreed. A love child of two all-American classics, the ten-inch round piles a Granny Smith–and-blondie filling on top of a gingerbread cookie crust. Streaks of ginger-infused white chocolate finish the seasonal special, available through the end of January. Order online by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 27 before 6pm; order by noon Nov 26 for delivery on Nov 27. For locations, visit momofuku.com/milk-bar. Ten-inch pie $44.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Apple tarte Tatin at Dominique Ansel Bakery

    France native Dominique Ansel fans out caramelized Gala apple slices over a crumbly, butter-cookie crust to make this Gallic pastry classic. Order 24 hours ahead for pickup, now until Nov 28. 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). Eight-inch pie $40.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Apple pie at Pies 'n' Thighs

    A regal burnished butter crust covers a tall heap of local Granny Smith apples, folded with cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Order by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 26 and 27. 166 South 4th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Apple pie at Baked

    Brown butter, bourbon, vanilla bean and cinnamon add flavor to soft hunks of Granny Smith apples, all encased in a flaky crust, in this fine version of the iconic American pastry. Order by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 26 and 27. 359 Van Brunt St between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-222-0345, bakednyc.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Rustic apple cranberry tart at Mitchel London

    Roasted apples and cranberries crown a croissantlike crust in this free-form beauty. Order by Nov 24 for pickup on Nov 27. 22A E 65th between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-737-2850, mitchellondonfoods.com). Free-form tart $25.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Apple pie at Almondine

    French pastry chef Herv Poussot adds golden and dark raisins, plus a secret blend of spices, to a farmers' market mixture of at least four apple varieties. Order by Nov 25 for pickup between Nov 26 and 27. 85 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-797-5026, almondinebakery.com). Nine-inch pie $25.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Caramel apple pie from Butter & Scotch

    Allison Kave and Keavy Blueher—whose s’mores pie is a Smorgasburg best-seller—riff on yet another childhood favorite: the candy apple. Speckled with raw brown sugar, the flaky golden crust cloaks a heap of tart fruit, sweetened by a cinnamon-and-ginger caramel. Order online by Nov 22 for pickup between Nov 25 and 27. Roni-Sue's Chocolates, 148 Forsyth St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Pumpkin pie at One Girl Cookies

    A cornmeal crust lends a crunchy counterpoint to this pie’s creamy pumpkin filling, spiced with cinnamon, ginger and clove. Order by Nov 25 for pickup by Nov 28. 68 Dean St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (212-675-4996, onegirlcookies.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Brown butter pumpkin pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

    Butterscotch and nutty brown butter add depth to this lush pumpkin pie, which is brightened with lemon juice. Order now for pickup before Nov 28. 439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com). Nine-inch pie $38.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Pumpkin pie at Mitchel London

    This lighter-than-most pumpkin pie is made with evaporated milk and an earthy mix of autumnal spices. Order by Nov 24 for pickup on Nov 27. 22A E 65th between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-737-2850, mitchellondonfoods.com). Ten-inch pie $21.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Pumpkin spice pie from Butter & Scotch

    This creamy, spice-forward classic is made with roasted sugar pumpkins and molasses and loaded with allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ground ginger. Order online by Nov 22 for pickup between Nov 25 and 27. Roni-Sue's Chocolates, 148 Forsyth St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Pumpkin butterscotch pie at Clinton St. Baking Company

    A heavy dosing of ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon lends a savory character to the creamy, custard filling of this pumpkin pie. Order by noon on Nov 26 for pickup by 10pm on Nov 27. 4 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-602-6263, clintonstreetbaking.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pumpkin pie at Baked

    An oat-wheat crust cradles a velvety organic pumpkin filling at this beloved Red Hook bakeshop. Order by 7pm on Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 26 and 27. 359 Van Brunt St between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-222-0345, bakednyc.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pumpkin pie at the City Bakery

    Pastry maestro Maury Rubin frames this hefty pumpkin pie with a thick, butter-drenched graham cracker crust. Order now for pickup by Nov 27. 3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com). Nine-inch pie $40.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Pumpkin pie at Pies 'n' Thighs

    A graham cracker crust spiced with black pepper and cayenne adds a kick to this fluffy pumpkin-and-cream-cheese pie, garnished with candied pepitas. Order by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 26 and 27. 166 South 4th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Pumpkin pie tart at Bouchon Bakery

    Buttermilk imparts a gentle tang to the silky filling of this elegant treat, topped with a chewy pumpkinseed nougatine and smooth vanilla-mascarpone cream. Order by 5pm on Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 27 and the morning of the 28th. 1 Rockefeller Plaza, W 49th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-782-3890) • Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-9366, bouchonbakery.com). Eight-inch pie $28.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Bourbon pecan pie at Bklyn Larder

    For this nutty classic, pie maker Caitlin Daniels uses a light touch, sweetening the  disk with a touch of brown sugar and Steen’s cane syrup. Order by Nov 22 for pickup on Nov 28. 228 Flatbush Ave between Sixth Ave and Bergen St, Park Slope, Brooklyn. (718-783-1250, bklynlarder.com). Ten-inch pie $34.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bourbon pecan pie at Dominique Ansel Bakery

    This nutty pie achieves a deep sweetness thanks to a dose of bourbon and molasses, accented by a vanilla-flavored crust. Order 24 hours ahead for pickup, now until Nov 28. 189 Spring St between Thompson and Sullivan Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). Eight-inch pie $38.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Bourbon ginger pecan pie from Butter & Scotch

    This whiskey-spiked gem won Allison Kave the first annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off and launched her into the pie biz. Texas-grown organic pecans, three kinds of ginger (fresh, dried and candied) and maple syrup set it apart. Order online by Nov 22 for pickup between Nov 25 and 27. Roni-Sue's Chocolates, 148 Forsyth St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Bourbon pecan pie at Blue Smoke

    Cream and bourbon keep this pecan pie's sweetness in check, and the crust gets a flaky boost from butter mixed with Pat LaFrieda lard. Serve it as the restaurant does with a dollop of tangy crème frache. Order by 6pm on Nov 26 for pickup on Nov 27 before 10pm. 116 E 27th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-447-6058)  255 Vesey St between North End Ave and West St (646-532-6007, bluesmoke.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pecan pie at Bouchon Bakery

    Candied salted pecans, razor-thin chocolate curls and leaflets of brown-sugar-whipped cream decorate this elegant twist on the down-home classic. Order by 5pm on Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 27 and the morning of the 28th. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-9357, bouchonbakery.com). Eight-inch pie $28.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    Chocolate pecan pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

    A layer of 72 percent dark chocolate and ginger spice up this superlative golden-brown pecan pie. Order now for pickup before Nov 28. 439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com). Nine-inch pie $40.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Maple walnut custard pie at the Blue Stove

    This fluffy custard pie balances maple-syrup sweetness with cinnamon and orange zest. Toasted walnuts lend the homey treat a smoky nuttiness. Order by Nov 21 for pickup through Nov 28. 415 Graham Ave at Withers St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-766-7419, thebluestove.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Pecan pie at Cannelle Patisserie

    This Queens patisserie dusts the edges of its glossy, nut-studded specimen with confectioners' sugar. Order by Nov 15 for pickup on Nov 28. 75-59 31st Ave between 76th and 77th Sts, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-565-6200, cannellepatisserie.com). Nine-inch pie $24.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Bourbon pecan chocolate pie at Pies 'n' Thighs

    Pie maven Emma Whittaker keeps the sweetness of this down-home classic in check with chocolate and a dash of bourbon. The nutty mixture is then set in a buttery crust. Order by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 26 and 27. 166 South 4th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com). Nine-inch pie $45.

  • Photograph: Tia Ryan

    Candy pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

    A riff on the Take 5 candy bar, this salty, gooey delight layers caramel, peanut butter nougat, minipretzels and milk chocolate on a chocolate cookie crust. Order online by Nov 25 for pickup on Nov 27 before 6pm; order by noon Nov 26 for delivery on Nov 27. For locations, visit momofuku.com/milk-bar. Ten-inch pie $44.

  • Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

    S'mores pie from Butter & Scotch

    In this ode to the fireside snack, a beautifully brled layer of marshmallow and a homemade graham-cracker crust sandwich a velvety filling of Callebaut milk chocolate, cream and eggs. Order online by Nov 22 for pickup between Nov 25 and 27. Roni-Sue's Chocolates, 148 Forsyth St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Sweet-potato pie at the Blue Stove

    Baker Rachel McBride’s rendition on the Southern dessert—packed with heavy doses of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg—is brightened by orange zest. A salty crust complements the creamy filling. Order by Nov 21 for pickup on Nov 28 by noon. 415 Graham Ave at Withers St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-766-7419, thebluestove.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Salted Caramel Apple Pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen tweaked this traditional favorite with a hint of light caramel, herbaceous Angostura bitters and a Maldon-salt-speckled crust. Order now for pickup before Nov 28.  439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com). Nine-inch pie $38.


Users say

1 comments
Corny O'Connell
Corny O'Connell

You missed Pie Country, which delivers in the NYC area.