As the crisp autumn air sweeps in, it's only appropriate to seek out the best comfort food in the city.
Fortunately for Brooklynites, a new Park Slope outpost offers sweets in spades. Miss American Pie, a small 50's-styled shop, has just debuted on Fifth Ave, much to residents' delight.
"The response from the neighborhood has been great," says owner Lindsey Hill. "They’re saying, 'This is just what we needed in Park Slope; we're so excited that you’re here; we’ve been waiting for you to open,' so that’s been a real blessing."
The impressive selection—which includes apple pie, chocolate peanut butter pie and lavender chiffon pie, to name a few—is enough to draw patrons inside, but the welcoming ambiance is equally as charming as the menu.
"It’s a throwback to the 50's diners," Hill says of the space, which is equipped with black-and-white-checkered floors, bright wallpaper, family homages on exposed brick walls, and of course, an eye-catching area where the tasty creations come to life.
"I wanted it to look like you’re looking into a person’s kitchen," she adds. "The idea was to have it be like someone’s home."
Hungry visitors are able to order by the slice ($5.75, $6.50 for gluten-free and vegan options) and full pies for parties and get-togethers. As the business continues to grow, Hill—a fashion industry transplant, but a lifelong baker—plans to turn the location into more than an eatery. She's hoping it becomes a get-together for kids when their after-school programs wrap up and a place where the community can gather for events and pie-eating contests. In time, she'd like to offer donations to the homeless community as well. Though, the ambitious baker admits there is still a lot of planning underway, as she hasn't even been open for a month.
Regardless, there is currently plenty for shop-goers to enjoy, and then some. (Might we suggest Monster Cookies for the kids? The combo of oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip and M&Ms will get the seal of approval.) But the goods are only one reason to make a visit.
"It’s not about just selling pie," Hill admits. "I want people to come here and feel valued. Building authentic relationships is at the heart of why I’m doing this."
Miss American Pie, Brooklyn (missamericanpie.com).