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Celebrate National Pie Day With the Best Baked Goods in NYC

Dessert lovers, unite…over the most delicious pies in the city!

Photo courtesy of Butter & Scotch

This wintry stretch may be cold and dreary, but at least we have National Pie Day to look forward to. It happens on January 23, when dessert lovers go wild in celebration of buttery crusts and luscious fillings. Partaking in the city’s best sweet slices should be a daily occurrence, but you could be extra-indulgent for the next several days at these blue-ribbon spots around town.

WHERE TO BUY A WHOLE PIE

The Best Lemon Meringue Pie: Bubby’s

The signature mile-high lemon meringue at this down-to-earth American eatery from chef-owner Ron Silver, with its citrusy custard and flame-torched top, is a tasty reminder that warmer weather is on the horizon. 120 Hudson Street (at North Moore Street), Tribeca; 73 Gansevoort Street (at Washington Street), Meatpacking District

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

Sisters and pie-makers Emily and Melissa Elsen have been supplying all of Brooklyn with its Thanksgiving pies since they opened their renowned bakery in Gowanus in 2009. But look beyond their pumpkin and salted caramel apple options and try their creative fillings, like sea salted honey custard, Szechuan peppercorn chocolate, and creamy rolled oats. 439 Third Avenue, Gowanus

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A slice of salted caramel apple pie. / Photo courtesy of Four & Twenty Blackbirds

The Best Pecan Pie: 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 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 earthy 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 nature. 61 Delancey Street (between Eldridge and Allen Streets), Lower East Side; 505 Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene

The Best Apple Pie: The Blue Stove

Pie-shop owner Rachel McBride Beyers is a sucker for classic desserts; the recipes and techniques used inside her decade-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. 415 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg

WHERE TO EAT A SLICE OF PIE

The Best Southern-Style Pie: Pies ’n’ Thighs

What better way to top a down-home chicken and waffles dinner than with a slice of banana cream pie? Get a little bit of Southern comfort at this cozy nook near the Williamsburg Bridge, where dishes like chicken-filled buttermilk biscuits and giant hush puppies were designed with stretchy pants in mind. 166 South 4th Street, Williamsburg

The Best Boozy Pie: Butter & Scotch

Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth’s vivacious bar is strictly for the lady bosses (and the male feminists who support them). Their boozy take on the molasses-driven pecan pie is infused with a heavy pour of Kentucky bourbon and “lots of ginger,” and it’s more than loaded to stand on its own. But you can request your slice to be blended into a milkshake for the ultimate à la mode experience. 818 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights

The Classy Pie: Left Bank

For a more refined pie pig-out, stroll over to the West Village, where this European-inspired bistro resides. Hyper-seasonal fare like potato gnocchi with a side of cauliflower and iron-roasted split chicken are rustic precursors to the real star of the dinner table: the syrupy maple slice with a vanilla gelato scoop. 117 Perry Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets), West Village

The Best Pie Endorsed by the Obamas: Palais by Perfect Pie

Yes, you read that correctly. The man behind this très chic bistro and patisserie, Bill Yosses, previously worked at the White House as President and Mrs. Obama’s executive pastry chef. Barack and Michelle would definitely approve if you order both a salted caramel quintuple-apple slice and a ganache-y hazelnut Chantilly slice. 134 East 61st Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues), Upper East Side

WHERE TO BAKE YOUR OWN PIE

The Perfect Crust: Institute of Culinary Education

Throw an apron over your power suit for a postwork baking workshop inside this acclaimed culinary school, adjacent to the Hudson River. You’ll master the arts of crust-making and latticework using the techniques emplyed by some of the city’s leading pastry chefs, all while learning to make a double-crusted apple pie that’s sure to please everybody at your next dinner party. Friday, January 24; 6:30 p.m.; Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street (at West Street), Battery Park

The Family Affair: Cook Space

This culinary studio is a perennial gem for Prospect Heights families, especially when it comes to celebrating the month’s sweetest day. Spend an afternoon learning how to make the ultimate showstopper of a dessert (while eating all of the buttery samples in the process) with 11 other kiddos and their chaperones in a private pie-baking session. 603 Bergen Street, Prospect Heights

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Perfect your crust-making skills at Brooklyn’s Cook Space.

The Ooiest-Gooiest Pie: Milk Bar

No need to settle the salty-versus-sweet debate; you can have both, thanks to dessert visionary Christina Tosi! Prepare to get messy at the signature Milk Bar pie and truffle session; we guarantee you’ll be covered in rich butter and oat cookie crumbles by the time class lets out for the night. Friday, February 7; 6 p.m.; 1196 Broadway (at West 29th Street), NoMad

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