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The best pies in NYC

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

By Bao Ong and Time Out contributors
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It wouldn't be a stretch to claim that New Yorkers all want a piece of the pie—and we're not just talking about the best pizza in NYC. This is the time of year when sweet (and savory) pies pop up on dessert menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the merriment surrounding the holidays. While every best dessert in NYC has its season, this is one of our favorites. A golden-brown pie crust is the autumn color change we can all get behind.

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Best pies in NYC

Petee's
Petee's
Photograph: Victor Garzon

1. Coconut custard pie at Petee's Café

Restaurants Cafés Clinton Hill

The pint-size Lower East Side pie shop opened a charming Clinton Hill café that has become one of our favorite date spots in the city. Petee’s bakes many sweets we love, like icebox lemon poppy-seed meringue and banana cream pies, but the absolute best for the Thanksgiving season is the creamy coconut custard. And if you're looking for a baking project, Petra Paredez recently released her first cookbook, Pie for Everyone

four and twenty blackbirds
four and twenty blackbirds
Photograph: Paola + Murray

2. Chocolate pecan pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Restaurants Bakeries Gowanus

Pecan pie is already perfect, and sometimes when chefs tinker with the classic by adding chocolate, they end up ruining a good thing. But Four & Twenty Blackbird’s cocoa concoction will make you reconsider; it’s our go-to for holiday potlucks when we’re looking to impress our hungry friends.

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Pumpkin pie from Baked
Pumpkin pie from Baked
Photograph: Courtesy Raydene Salinas

3. Pumpkin pie from Baked

Restaurants Bakeries Red Hook

An oat–graham cracker crust cradles a velvety organic pumpkin filling at this beloved bakeshop with locations in Tribeca and Red Hook. In traditional fashion, the creamy filling is shot with a cabinet’s worth of autumnal spices—from nutmeg and cloves to vanilla and ginger.

Banana cream pie from Pies & Thighs
Banana cream pie from Pies & Thighs
Photograph: Time Out/Lauren Spinelli

4. Banana cream from Pies ’n’ Thighs

Restaurants Soul and southern American Williamsburg

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.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery pie
Dominique Ansel Bakery pie
Photograph: Dominique Ansel Bakery

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Silk Pie from Dominique Ansel Bakery

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Restaurants Bakeries Soho

Dominique Ansel's limited Pie Nights sell out quickly but maybe that's a good thing because we'd eat everything on the menu—especially the Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Silk Pie with its airy mousee we'd dive right into like an inviting pillow filled with gooey caramel and ribbons of whipped cream. We always keep our eyes on the Thanksgiving special pies, too. 

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Butter & Scotch
Butter & Scotch
Photograph: Megan Cameron

7. S'mores pie at Butter & Scotch

Restaurants Bakeries Crown Heights

Butter & Scotch, a bakery and bar in Crown Heights, is one of our preferred places to post up with cocktails (some even donate partial proceeds to feminist nonprofits) and a slice of pie. Our top choice here is this play on s’mores that tastes just like summer camp, even when it’s bitter cold outside.

Little Pie Company
Little Pie Company
Photograph: Courtesy Little Pie Company

8. Sour cream apple walnut pie at Little Pie Company

Restaurants Hell's Kitchen

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.

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Babka pie from Breads Bakery
Babka pie from Breads Bakery
Photograph: Laura Gallant

9. Babka pie from Breads Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Union Square

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. It's a limited offering that we always keep tabs of each year.

Rockaway Beach Bakery
Rockaway Beach Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Rockaway Beach Bakery

10. Fruit pies at Rockaway Beach Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Rockaways

You might not think you have many reasons to visit the Rockaways after beach season is over. But avid surfer and baker, Tracy Obolsky's (an alum of heavy-hitters like Morgansterns's and Cook Shop) bakery is worth the long subway ride. Unlike other spots serving coffee that use the same old croissants you see elsewhere, Obolsky's versions are memorable and decadent. Her roster of freshly-baked offerings, specifically her fruit pies, will be sure to impress this holiday season.

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Mah-Ze-Dahr
Mah-Ze-Dahr
Photograph: David Cicconi

11. Pumpkin pie at Mah-Ze-Dahr

Restaurants Bakeries West Village

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 creme fraiche whipped cream.

12. Plum pie from the Blue Stove

Restaurants Bakeries Williamsburg

We love the fluffy layers of mousse—folded with bittersweet dark chocolate, cream and eggs—in the chocolate pie. But for the holidays, while not switch things up with a plum pie with pecan crumbles? 

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Abu Bakery
Abu Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy of Abu Bakery

13. Bean pie at Abu's Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Bedford-Stuyvesant

A staple for the surrounding Muslim community, this navy bean pie is dished out at its counter next door to a mosque on Fulton Street. Sure, it’s more savory than its similar sweet potato cousin, but it’s a perfect treat to sample this holiday season.

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