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Where to get the best pies in NYC

From all-American apple to primped-up pecan and plenty in between, these are New York City's best pies

Photograph: Raydene Salinas

You’ll be forgiven if the words “New York pies” conjure up images of cheesy pizza, but the sweet baked stuff is just as delectable. Pie is one of New York’s best desserts, from sweet crossbreeds in Union Square (hello babka pie) to a killer key lime in Red Hook. Meet the best pies NYC has to offer.

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The best pies in NYC

Pumpkin pie from Baked

An oat–graham cracker crust cradles a velvety organic pumpkin filling at this beloved bakeshop with locations in Tribeca and Red Hook. In traditional fashion, the creamy filling is shot with a cabinet’s worth of autumnal spices—from nutmeg and cloves to vanilla and ginger. $28 whole pie

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Red Hook

Chocolate mousse pie from the Blue Stove

A fluffy layer of mousse—folded with bittersweet dark chocolate, cream and eggs—fills the Williamsburg bakery’s beautifully crafted treat. Nestled in a golden-brown pastry shell, the pie is crowned with a picture-perfect chocolate-ganache lattice, whimsical leaf-shaped pastry ornaments and a cloud of house-made whipped cream. $32 whole pie

Babka pie from Breads Bakery

Uri Scheft’s world-class chocolate babka finds new home in a chocolate chip–sprinkled Nutella-smeared pie shell. The braided stunner will make bubbe proud, even though you didn’t bake it. $35 whole pie

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Union Square

Local apple at Bubby’s

You'll find more-involved pies on offer at the Tribeca diner—a latticed sour cherry, a caramel-sauced pumpkin—but it’s their simple mile-high apple pie that stands out. Plucked from local farmers' markets, the fruit is sautéed in butter and festooned with the requisite cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a sturdy yet flaky double-baked crust. $30 whole pie

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Tribeca

Bourbon ginger pecan at Butter & Scotch

At this Crown Heights bar-bakery, organic Texan pecans are kicked up with three types of ginger—fresh, dried and candied—and glued together with gooey maple syrup. That spicy-sweet mix is hit with a generous pour of Evan Williams bourbon and baked in an all-butter crust for a confection that’s as boozy as it is decadent. $38 whole pie, $6 slice

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Crown Heights

Pecan pie at the Dutch

It’s a pie worthy of a bakery, but you’ll find it at Andrew Carmellini’s Soho clubhouse of a restaurant. Like much at the Dutch, the pie is unabashedly American, with a bronzed crust generously crammed with pecans and served with banana ice cream, chocolate sauce and brandied cherries. $11 a slice

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Soho

Salty Honey from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Salt, not sugar, is the star of this fan-favorite treat at the famed Brooklyn pie shop. Encased in a crunchy, buttery crust, the chess pie–like base—with honey baked right into the custard—gets a savory finish of fine, large sea-salt flakes on top. $40 whole pie

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Gowanus

Crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar

Naming your pie after crack is a bold statement, but it’s fitting for the addictive properties at play in Christina Tosi’s legendary salty-sweet creation. A giant crumbled oat cookie subs in for your standard-issue crust, which is draped in a gooey butter filling shot with vanilla and—surprise ingredient—corn powder. $44 whole pie

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Williamsburg

Maple whiskey walnut at Petee’s

Owner-baker Petra Paredez riffs on a family recipe for this spiked pie, made in-house daily at her Lower East Side shop. Pecan-fatigued pie hounds will appreciate the familiar texture yet tamed sweetness of the walnuts, cut further by a splash of Evan Williams whiskey and built with a crust made using organic flour from Champlain Valley Milling upstate. $35 whole pie

Chocolate hazelnut from Pie Corps

The Greenpoint bake house infuses its silky bittersweet-chocolate ganache with toasted ground hazelnuts and a hazelnut liqueur. A sprinkling of sea salt in the dark-chocolate crust brightens the heady chocolate flavors. $37.50 whole pie

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Greenpoint

Banana cream from Pies & Thighs

Williamsburg’s cult-status Southern chicken-and-pie joint does right by this old-fashioned granny staple. A banana cream base nestles chunks of fresh bananas in a Nilla wafer crust, topped with whipped cream, a dusting of spicy nutmeg and whole Nilla wafers. $35 whole pie, $5 slice

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Williamsburg

Key lime from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime

The namesake pies at this Red Hook operation—mahogany-brown graham-cracker crusts filled with a condensed-milk custard laced with real-deal key lime juice—are baked in batches of just 12 for meticulous quality control. $30 whole pie

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Red Hook

Blueberry from Yura at Madison

The Carnegie Hill mainstay offers this fruit-forward number only during the berries' peak summertime season. The fruit’s natural flavors are masterfully balanced, with tartness accented by spritzes of lemon juice and vibrant lemon zest. The clincher? Yura’s lauded flaky crust snugs the berries and their syrupy juices. $35 whole pie

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Upper East Side

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Comments

4 comments
LevineGF
LevineGF

Likewise - not a one gluten free option.  If you are in need of and desire a delicious no joke Pumpkin Maple or Apple Cranberry all Gluten Free. We've got you covered. 3 pick up locations 2 days. Manhattan and Brooklyn order at www.LevinesGeneralStore.com Pies by Krumville Bakeshop.

LevineGF
LevineGF

Likewise - not a one gluten free option.  If you are in need of and desire a delicious no joke Pumpkin Maple or Apple Cranberry all Gluten Free. We've got you covered. 3 pick up locations 2 days. Manhattan and Brooklyn order at www.LevinesGeneralStore.com Pies by Krumville Bakeshop. 

Corny O'Connell
Corny O'Connell

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

Cooper M
Cooper M

Looks good, but Zero "Holiday Pies" and can't order through website... Annoying