Eating + Drinking

We’re Just Here for the Pie

Pie hard or go home this holiday season. We know the best places to buy, eat, and bake the delicious holiday pastries.

Photo courtesy of Butter & Scotch

Hold the mashed potatoes and pass on the stuffing. You have to save room for the best part about Thanksgiving: all of the pie. We’d stuff the entirety of the gluttonous feast into a pastry if we could (oh, wait…), but we’ll happily settle for several servings of sheer perfection inside a flaky, buttery crust. Don’t know what kind of slice you’re craving? We have suggestions on where to buy, eat, and bake the best pie in NYC.

WHERE TO BUY…
The Best Pumpkin: Bubby’s

“Comforting” isn’t the first word you think of when brunching through Tribeca or the Meatpacking District. And yet this down-to-earth American eatery from chef-owner Ron Silver has been just that since it opened its doors in 1990 (on Thanksgiving Day, no less). Its signature pumpkin pie, infused with earthy hints of nutmeg and ginger and topped with a pecan-praline streusel and salted caramel drizzle, consistently sells out year after year. 120 Hudson Street (at North Moore Street), Tribeca; 73 Gansevoort Street (at Washington Street), Meatpacking District

The Best Pies With a Brooklyn-y Twist: Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Sisters and piemakers Emily and Melissa Elsen are used to being covered in sugar and butter during the Thanksgiving rush; their pie shop has been the sweetest stop in Gowanus since it opened back in 2009. Their signature autumnal pies—a latticed salted caramel apple, nutty brown butter pumpkin, and decadent pecan with dark chocolate ganache—are worthy contenders for your dessert spread. But the Elsens are most renowned for creative fillings like sea salted honey custard, matcha custard, and creamy rolled oats. 439 Third Avenue, Gowanus

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie / Photo courtesy of Four & Twenty Blackbirds

The Best Pecan: Petee’s Pie Company

It’s only natural that the daughter of two pie bakers would open up her own shop when she grew up. The aim of Petra “Petee” Paredez’s Lower East Side bakery is to “make damn fine pie” with the best local produce and fair-trade ingredients. Her take on the classic molasses-y pecan pie swaps out dark corn syrup for blossom honey and nutty brown butter. The result? A wholesome, modern version of your mom’s favorite slice. Top it with a dollop of maple whipped cream for an additional taste of fall. 61 Delancey Street (between Eldridge and Allen Streets), Lower East Side

The Best Apple: The Blue Stove

Pie shop owner Rachel McBride Beyers is a sucker for classic desserts; the recipes and techniques used inside her eight-year-old Williamsburg bakery were passed down from her great-grandmother. Such sentiment is apparent in her double-crusted apple pie, with pockets of cinnamon and sugar acting as a sweet preface to the feast of sharp, crisp apples baked within. Have more of a New Age sweet tooth? The aromatic apple cardamom crumb will do the trick. 415 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg

WHERE TO EAT...

Not the sharing type? Hoard all the slices for yourself at these sit-down spots specializing in gourmet and out-of-the-box desserts.  

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More post-work drinking sessions should involve a bit of dessert. This cherry red sweet shop hosts a daily Hap-Pie Hour, where a slice of pie and a pint of beer only runs you a Hamilton (or a glass of wine for three bucks more). Hardworking office drones and permalancers are probably craving a Case of the Monday’s, a Nutella- and peanut butter–filled juggernaut inside a crushed pretzel crust, topped with crushed bits of potato chips. 632 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights

WHERE TO BAKE...

The Brooklyn Kitchen

Throw an apron over your flannel and a hairnet on your Movember beard for the Holiday Pie Workshop inside Williamsburg’s “radical cooking school.” In the span of two hours, you’ll master the arts of crust-making and latticework, and learn to make a pie filling that will please everybody at your Turkey Day feast. Tuesday, November 21; 100 Frost Street, Williamsburg

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Cook Space

Even though this culinary studio opened its doors just a few months ago, it’s ready to hit the ground running this holiday season. Spend the Saturday before the biggest meal of the year learning how to make the ultimate showstopper of a dessert (while eating all of the buttery samples in the process). Saturday, November 18; 603 Bergen Street, Prospect Heights

Milk Bar

No need to settle the pie versus cake debate this year; you can have both, thanks to sweets visionary Christina Tosi! Prepare to get messy at the pumpkin pie cake and truffles session; we guarantee you’ll be covered in rich ganache and candied pumpkin seeds by the time class lets out for the day. Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19; 55 Hope Street, Williamsburg