The best pies in NYC

From traditional to vegan and sweet to savory, we flagged our favorite citywide slices, minis, and family-sized treats
Little Pie Company
Photograph: Courtesy Little Pie Company
By Richard Morgan and Time Out contributors |
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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

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Little Pie Company
Photograph: Courtesy Little Pie Company
Restaurants

Sour cream apple walnut pie at Little Pie Company

icon-location-pin 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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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Walt & the Blackbirds ice cream pie at Ample Hills Creamery

icon-location-pin Gowanus

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. 

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Salty Honey pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Photograph: Courtesy Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Salty Honey from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

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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. 

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Crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Restaurants, Bakeries

Crack pie at Momofuku Milk Bar

icon-location-pin Carroll Gardens

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. 

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<p>Pie at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie</p>
Restaurants, Bakeries

Key lime from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime

icon-location-pin Red Hook

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.

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Banana cream pie from Pies & Thighs
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Banana cream from Pies ’n’ Thighs

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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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Lauren Spinelli
Restaurants, Cafés

Chocolate bourbon pecan at Daly Pie

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A 10-inch round of the decadent chocolate-bourbon-pecan pie from this Prospect Heights bakeshop is blessed with equal parts crunch and chew.

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Babka pie from Breads Bakery
Photograph: Laura Gallant
Restaurants, Bakeries

Babka pie from Breads Bakery

icon-location-pin 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.

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Classic apple pie from Bubby's
Photograph: Courtesy Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, American

Local apple from Bubby’s

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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.

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Mah-Ze-Dahr
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Restaurants, Bakeries

Pumpkin Tart at Mah-Ze-Dahr

icon-location-pin 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 quenelles of Swiss meringue torched to a golden brown.

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