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
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).
The gonzo pie collaboration between Ample Hills and Four & Twenty Blackbirds tops Salty Honey chess pie with three pints of Nonna D's Oatmeal Lace ice cream, multiple layers of hot fudge and crumbles of Ample's patented Crack Cookies. $58 whole pie.
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
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.
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.
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
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