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.
Sour cream apple walnut pie at Little Pie Company
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). Located in Hell’s Kitchen.
Walt & the Blackbirds ice cream pie at Ample Hills Creamery
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. Located in Gowanus.
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. Located in Gowanus.
Guinness steak and mushroom pie at Tuck Shop
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. Located in Williamsburg.
Peanut butter hot chocolate pie at Sweets by CHLOE
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.
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. Located in Carroll Gardens.
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. Located in Red Hook.
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. Located in Williamsburg.
Chocolate bourbon pecan at Daly Pie
A 10-inch round of the decadent chocolate-bourbon-pecan pie from this Prospect Heights bakeshop is blessed with equal parts crunch and chew. $35 whole pie. Located in Prospect Heights.
Babka pie from Breads Bakery
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. $39 whole pie. Located in Union Square.
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