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The best pies in NYC

These are the best pies in NYC, from all-American ample to primped-up pecan and fun-loving ice-cream pies

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Blueberry pie from Yura on Madison

No, when we’re talking about the best pies in NYC, we’re not talking New York pizza. We’re talking about festive treats for Thanksgiving, Christmas or as a cake alternative for any special occasion. Stock up on stunning pumpkin tarts, a babka pie or even an ice-cream–pie hybrid from some of the city’s best bakeries and coffee shops—these are the best pies in NYC.

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Best pies in NYC

1

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
2

Local apple from 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
3

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

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Carroll Gardens
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Pumpkin Tart at Mah-Ze-Dahr

Traditional pumpkin pie gets a highbrow makeover at the brick-and-mortar offshoot of Umber Ahmad’s online bakery. A buttery crust brims with delicately spiced pumpkin puree that’s topped with picturesque quenelles of Swiss meringue torched to a golden brown. $40 whole pie. 

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West Village
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Maple whiskey walnut from Petee’s Pie Company

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

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Lower East Side
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7

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
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

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Williamsburg
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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
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10

Chocolate hazelnut pie 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
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Jayjayel W
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
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