Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

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Pie at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

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Swingle at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
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White Swingle at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
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Stever Tarpin of Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
Red Hook

Hurricane Sandy couldn't stop the beloved Red Hook pie shop from making a sweet return to the Brooklyn waterfront. Waist-high flooding ravaged the original factory on Pier 41, putting owner Steve Tarpin and his pastry lieutenants out of commission during their busiest season. The Miami native makes his big comeback on the next pier over, with a sunny kitchen three times the size of his old one. Find his signature graham-cracker-crusted pies—filled with a condensed-milk custard laced with zesty lime juice—and the Swingle—a tartlet dipped in dark Belgian chocolate—inside the tropical-orange-hued bakery. The pies may be the same, but Tarpin will hang a new vintage glass sign etched with the shop’s motto: "Always Freshly Squeezed."

Venue name: Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
Address: 185 Van Dyke St
Cross street: at Ferris St
Transport: Subway: F, G to Carroll St
Price: Average pie: $15. MC, V

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This is not a place to get Key Lime Pie, it's a place to get exceptional Key Lime Pie.  If you've been here once your mouth will water just thinking about it.  Using only the freshest ingredients, Steve's Authentic has managed to shine a spotlight on one of the less popular varieties of pie.  Prices are steep so I only recommend this as an occasional treat, although somehow I seem to constantly take out-of-towners here.  It never ceases to please.  The gorgeous Louis Valentino Junior Park and fishing pier is right next door (think Sunset Park meets water's edge) which only makes a visit to Steve's Authentic that much better!  It's too hot for pie you say?  Then try their lemonade or frozen chocolate covered miniature pie on a stick.  Beat THAT ice cream man!!