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

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie at Union Square Café

For the first time ever, the café is offering pies to-go, including a cheesecake-pie hybrid featuring tangy pumpkin in a graham-cracker crust. Order by November 25 for pick-up on November 26. 21 E 16th St between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West (212-243-4020, unionsquarecafe.com). Ten-inch pie for $39.

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Babka Pie at 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 grandma proud, even though you didn’t make it.Order by November 24 for pick-up on November 26 by 5pm. 18 E 16th St between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West (212-633-2253, breadsbakery.com). Nine-inch pie for $35.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Meringue Pie at Lure Fishbar

This hodgepodge of fudgy, cookie-brownie crust, pumpkin-clove custard and sugary marshmallow meringue could feel piecemeal and random, but the result is a s’mores upgrade you won’t want to share. Order by November 23 for pick-up on November 26. 142 Mercer St at Prince St (212-431-7676, lurefishbar.com). Eight-inch pie for $30.

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Sweet Potato Kings County Bourbon Pie with Drambuie Marshmallow at Spirited

Sweet potato spiked with hooch is sweeter and more velvety than the virgin variety. That toasted-marshmallow cap is hit with booze, too: honeyed Drambuie kicks it up at the end. Order by November 26 for pick-up on November 27. 638 Bergen St at Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-783-5700, spiritedbrooklyn.com). Nin-inch pies for $45.

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Cake-Pie at Ample Hills

Dig into thick layers of oatmeal-cinnamon and pumpkin cheesecake ice creams, generously slathered with thick caramel, graham cracker crumbs and fresh whipped cream. Order by November 24 for pick-up on November 26. Multiple locations (amplehills.com). Six-inch pie for $45.

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Pumpkin Pie with Sugar Cone Crust at Morgenstern’s Finest

The scene-stealing sugar-cone crust will conjure memories of your favorite summertime scoops, curled around a well-spiced pumpkin puree that brings the treat well into fall. Order by November 24 for pick-up on November 25 or 26. 2 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-209-7684, morgensternsnyc.com). Nine-inch pie for $36.

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Caramel Apple Pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

Channeling the carnival favorite, pastry maven Christina Tosi layers thin slices of Granny Smiths with apple compote and thick caramel into a salty-sweet pretzel crust, then drizzles the top with white chocolate. Order by November 23 for pick-up on November 26 by 6pm. Multiple locations (milkbarstore.com). Ten-inch pie for $44.

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Pumpkin Pecan Praline Pie at Bubby’s

This Turkey Day two-fer mashes up smooth, spiced pumpkin with crushed pecans and a decadent drizzling of caramelized praline. You won’t have to play pumpkin-versus-pecan favorites ever again. Order by Nov 21 for pick-up on Nov 27. Multiple locations (bubbys.com). Ten-inch pie for $40.

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Chocolate Wheat Whiskey Pecan Pie at Spirited

Splashed with booze, this chocolate-pecan riff comes jam-packed with halved nuts. Slices fall apart easily, but the crunch more than makes up for the mess. Order by Nov 26 for pick-up on Nov 27 from 8am–noon. 638 Bergen St at Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-783-5700, spiritedbrooklyn.com). Nine-inch pie for $45.

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Sweet Cranberry-Orange-Rosemary Cobbler at Pie Corps

Sweet cranberry-orange-rosemary cobbler at Pie Corps This fruit-forward number is all about balance, from the crumbly sconelike topper to the rich cran center. Herbs smartly cut the sweetness and the berries offer a pleasing pop of tartness. Order by Nov 23 for pick-up on Nov 25, 26 or 27. 77 Driggs Ave between Kingsland Ave and Monitor St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (917-582-2769, piecorps.com). Ten-inch pie for $35.

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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 by November 25 for November 27 pickup. 189 Spring St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). Eight-inch pie $46.

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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 November 23 for pickup on November 27. 166 South 4th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

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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 one week in advance for pickup on November 26. 359 Van Brunt St between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-222-0345, bakednyc.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

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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 November 25 for pickup on November 26. 85 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-797-5026, almondinebakery.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

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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 November 20 for pickup between November 25 and 27. 818 Franklin Ave between Eastern Parkway and Union St, Brooklyn (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

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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 November 22 for pickup by November 27. 68 Dean St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (212-675-4996, onegirlcookies.com). Nine-inch pie $30.

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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 November 27. 439 Third Ave at 8th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-499-2917, birdsblack.com). Nine-inch pie $38.

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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 November 23 for pickup on November 26. 22A E 65th between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-737-2850, mitchellondonfoods.com). Ten-inch pie $22.

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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 November 20 for pickup between November 25 and 27. 818 Franklin Ave between Eastern Parkway and Union St, Brooklyn (butterandscotch.com). Ten-inch pie $35.

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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 November 24 for pickup on November 26. 4 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-602-6263, clintonstreetbaking.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

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Pumpkin pie at Baked

An oat-wheat crust cradles a velvety organic pumpkin filling at this beloved Red Hook bakeshop. Order by November 20 for pickup on November 26. 359 Van Brunt St between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-222-0345, bakednyc.com). Nine-inch pie $26.

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Pumpkin pie at the City Bakery

Pastry maestro Maury Rubin frames this hefty pumpkin pie with a thick, butter-drenched graham cracker crust. Order by November 23 for pickup on November 26. 3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com). Nine-inch pie $42.

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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 by November 25 for pickup on November 27. 189 Spring St between Thompson and Sullivan Sts (212-219-2773, dominiqueansel.com). Eight-inch pie $42.

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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 November 21 for pickup on November 27. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-9357, bouchonbakery.com). Eight-inch pie $28.

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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 9pm on November 23 for pickup on November 27. 166 South 4th St at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com). Nine-inch pie $40.

We tasted dozens of pies to whittle down a list of the very best pies for the holidays. Whether you’re craving sweet potato pie, pecan pie, 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 best bakeries will be gone in no time.

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Comments

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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.