The best pies in NYC

From traditional to vegan and sweet to savory, we flagged our favorite citywide slices, minis, and family-sized treats

Photograph: Liz Clayman

New Yorkers know how to grab their piece of the pie. And not just pizza in NYC. This is the time of year when sweet (and savory) pies pop up at desserts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and general merriment. Every dessert has its season. Golden-brown pie crusts is the autumn color change we can all get behind.

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Best pies in NYC

1

Sour cream apple walnut pie at Little Pie Company

This pie shop is a favorite of both Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker for good reason: its achingly authentic, homemade pies began in the apartment upstairs until too many ovens blew out due to the pies' popularity. The sour cream apple walnut pie is a smart, refreshing twist on a classic: Granny Smith apples topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel. Available in three sizes. 5-inch ($8.50), 8-inch ($24), and 10-inch ($32).

Hell's Kitchen
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3

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

Gowanus
4

Guinness steak and mushroom pie at Tuck Shop

This Aussie take on a British classic is an outstanding reminder of the broadly overlooked category of savory pies. This pie's green peppercorn and horseradish gravy here is an unmistakable correction to sugary palates. It packs a lot of wallop in a small serving, although is light on the wallet. $6.

Williamsburg
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5

Peanut butter hot chocolate pie at Sweets by CHLOE

This vegan mini-treat has exceptionally thick filling that is nutty and buttery but not overwhelmingly peanut-buttery (a tricky move, accomplished here with defiant dexterity). The hot chocolate chip topping is light and pliant, but doesn't skimp on chocolate flavor. It's a heavy treat, so don't mind cutting small slices here on what is already a small pie. $8.95.

6

Crack pie at 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

Carroll Gardens
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7

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

Red Hook
8

Banana cream from Pies ’n’ 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

Williamsburg
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10

Babka pie from Breads Bakery

The bakery'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. $39 whole pie

Union Square
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Comments

5 comments
Jayjayel W

Sheesh - all these overpriced pies... $35....$38......$40.... FIFTY EIGHT DOLLARS$$???
Just as good as ANY of these is Mia's Bakery on Smith St in Brooklyn, where their whole pies are under $25, and most under TWENTY$$! 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/mias-bakery-brooklyn

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

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

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

Cooper M

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