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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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Ashoka Indian Restaurant
Craving Indian food? Look no further than Ashoka Indian Restaurant on the Upper West Side. Order some battered and fried onion bhaji ($8), vegetable samosas ($8) or coconut curried shrimp ($12) to nibble on while you decide on your entrees. Assemble a veritable feast by ordering a variety of Indian favorites to share. Rich chicken tikka masala ($16), spicy Mangalorean fish curry ($18), braised lamb shank with garlic and onions ($18) and verdant saag paneer ($14) ought to get you started. Don’t forget to order some lamb biryani ($16) and a side of garlic naan ($5) to soak up all the excess sauce. Still have some room for dessert? Good, because you’ll want to end the meal with a mango or rose lassi ($5), fig-saffron ice cream ($8) or gulab jamun malai, a traditional Indian sweet flavored with cardamom ($8). The restaurant also provides live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Venue says: “Lunch only, eat unlimited appetizers & main courses for $12.95 or $13.95. Mention Time Out to receive 10% off on your meal only at Dinner”