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Celebrate Pi Day With the Best Pies in NYC

Math nerds unite…over the most delicious pies in the city!

Photo courtesy of Butter & Scotch

Forget St. Patty’s Day. The real party in NYC happens on March 14, when dessert lovers and mathletes go wild in celebration of Pi Day. Even if you can’t recite the one million digits of pi by heart, you can still give it up for mathematical constants and partake in the city’s best sweet slices. 

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

Sisters and piemakers 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 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 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

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 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. 415 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg

WHERE TO EAT A SLICE OF PIE

The Best Hap-Pie Hour Pie: Daly Pie

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 probably crave a Case of the Monday’s, a Nutella- and peanut butter–filled juggernaut inside a crushed pretzel crust, topped with bits of potato chips. 665 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights

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Slice spread at Daly Pie

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 Slice 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 Slice 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 sour cream dollop. 117 Perry Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets), West Village

WHERE TO BAKE YOUR OWN PIE

Learn Latticework: Le Pain Quotidien

Throw an apron over your power suit for a postwork baking workshop inside the charming NoHo location of this artisanal chain. You’ll master the arts of crust making and latticework, and learn to make a pie filling that’s sure to please everybody at your next dinner party. Wednesday, March 28; 5:30 p.m.; 65 Bleecker Street (between Broadway and Lafayette Street), NoHo

A Family Affair: Cook Space

Even though this culinary studio opened its doors just last year, it’s already a perennial gem for Prospect Heights families. 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 in Brooklyn’s Cook Space

The Apple Pie Cake: Milk Bar

No need to settle the pie versus cake debate; you can have both, thanks to sweets visionary Christina Tosi! Prepare to get messy at the apple pie cake and truffles session; we guarantee you’ll be covered in rich brown butter and apple compote by the time class lets out for the day. Monday, March 26; 7–9 p.m.; 55 Hope Street, Williamsburg

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