The 15 Best Places for Pie in NYC
From bakeries solely dedicated to pie year round, to restaurants and eateries offering holiday specials.
While pie is far from NYC’s signature dessert (cheesecake, cupcakes, or the black and white cookie are stronger contenders), when the holidays approach, pie cravings hit. Because this is NYC, pie lovers can find flaky, buttery crusts filled with everything from the classics like apples and pumpkin to the unexpected—babka, anyone? And in this town, even the basics can get interesting updates, like a Normandy style apple pie with custard cream, pumpkin pie spiked with Jamaican rum and spices, and pecan combined with chocolate and maple syrup.
Whether it’s from bakeries solely dedicated to pie year-round or restaurants and eateries offering holiday specials on their menu, here are our top 15 places to satisfy your pie cravings right now. Get your preorders in for the holidays and be sure to save room for dessert.
Opened in 2001, this family-owned business is famous for its navy bean pie, which was popularized by the Nation of Islam in the 1930s as a healthy and protein-filled part of their pork-free diet. Bean pies are dense, sweet, and creamy and the ones at Abu’s are classic examples of the genre. In addition, the bakery also sells sweet potato, pecan, and coconut custard pies, plus crumble-topped apple and peach pies if you’re lucky.
This beloved Israeli bakery is known for their babka and rugelach but come Thanksgiving they add some pie specials to the menu, both traditional and inventive. This year at Breads, choose from lemon ricotta, pumpkin, apple crumb, pecan, and their highly awaited yearly showing of the babka pie, a genius Frankenstein of their own invention that involves a round, gooey chocolate babka inside a pie crust. Because who says babka doesn’t go with turkey?
How to order: Preorder via website for pick-up or delivery from Friday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 24.
Bubby’s might be known as a comfort food stalwart, but fun fact: It first started as a Thanksgiving pie pop-up in 1990. As it celebrates more than 30 years in business, its pie game is still going strong after three decades. Pie flavors range from classics like double crust apple and pumpkin to the more creative pumpkin praline, banoffee (banana, espresso, and dulce de leche topped with whipped cream in a graham cracker crust), and peanut butter chocolate. They also serve full Thanksgiving meals for eat-in or take-out.
How to order: Order via website for pick-up or have it shipped nationally.
With its newest location in the West Village, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s rapidly growing mini chain of bakery/cafes are known for their crullers and breakfast and lunch sandwiches but around the holidays they usually have some pie specials on hand—and this year is no different. Instead of traditional apple, pumpkin, or pecan (which are available at sister Southern restaurant Blue Smoke), Daily Provisions will have a black & white pie, made with a black cookie crust, chocolate brownie custard, and topped with whipped cheesecake ganache.
How to order: Preorder via website through Monday, November 22 for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 24.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen launched this rustic yet creative pie shop back in 2009 and it has since become a beloved NYC darling among the pie loving set. The two Brooklyn locations of Four & Twenty Blackbirds (which also offer coffee, select pastries, and a smattering of seating) sell creations like the popular salty honey, Black Bottom Oat, and matcha custard, along with autumn seasonal favorites like brown butter pumpkin, bittersweet chocolate pecan, and salted caramel apple. In other seasons, catch recipes like Lemon Chess, Junipear, and strawberry balsamic.
How to order: Preorder via website for pick-up on Monday, November 22 through Thursday, November 25.
La Bicyclette Bakery
Native Frenchman Florent Andreytchenko trained in baking in his home country before leaving at 21 to bake around the world to eventually land in NYC. At the end of 2019 he opened La Bicyclette in the former Mayers Bageri storefront in Williamsburg and began slinging crusty French breads, flaky croissants, and creamy quiches in buttery crusts that are indicative of how his seasonal pies for Thanksgiving this year will surely taste: fantastic. The spot is offering a classic single-crust apple tart, an Apple Tarte Normande made with custard cream, a pecan pie, and a pear frangipane tart with almond pastry cream this season.
How to order: Preorder via website until Sunday, November 21 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 24.
Little Pie Company
This Hell’s Kitchen institution has been making delightful pies (plus muffins, cookies, and a few other treats) since 1985. Year-round flavors at Little Pie Company include the lauded sour cream apple walnut, super chocolate-y Mississippi mud pie, and Three Berry Pie. In the fall, classics like Southern pecan pie, salted caramel apple pie, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin line the shelves. Can’t decide? Get a mini pie sampler with five-inch versions of four of their most popular recipes.
Martha's Country Bakery
Forest Hills, Astoria, Bayside, and Williamsburg are lucky enough to have outposts of this family-owned and operated bakery/cafe making everything from fudgy birthday cakes to cheesecakes and pies. At Martha’s Country Bakery, pie flavors include cranberry walnut, banana cream, cherry, chocolate cream, and four apple variations. Customers can also order custom desserts to take home or grab a slice of cake or pie to accompany a hot cappuccino while they sit in one of their friendly shops.
How to order: Stop by or call any of their locations.
Last fall, Mel made waves when it debuted on the Lower East Side serving freshly baked whole grain sourdough loaves and expertly made croissants and other pastries. For the holidays, they’ll be making a selection of pies as delicious as the fruit-centric offerings that were available in the summer. Choose from brown butter pumpkin, pecan, and apple quince, plus cranberry and pear galettes.
How to order: Email email@example.com
Petee's Pie Company
How to order: Via website.
Founded by Cheryl Perry and Felipa Lopez in 2012, Pie Corps has since become a neighborhood favorite and attracted fans from well beyond Greenpoint’s borders. Holiday specials include an apple crumble pie, chocolate maple pecan pie, and brown butter pumpkin pie but you can stop in all year long for delights like a torched s’mores pie, key lime pie bursting with lime zest, and a juicy mixed berry crumble pie, plus savory hand pies and a range of other baked goods.
Pies 'n' Thighs
Equally known for its crispy fried chicken as for its homemade pies, this Southern food eatery has become a local pie destination. At Pies ‘n” Thighs, the sour cherry pear pie with a cinnamon streusel topping is truly something special, while holiday classics like pumpkin, apple, and bourbon pecan are all here, too. And it wouldn’t be a Southern restaurant without a stellar banana cream pie, which is top quality.
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
When you make just one item, you better make it well. The Red Hook waterfront institution Steve’s does this with flying colors, making a superb tangy and sweet key lime pie made from fresh-squeezed Florida key limes and a crumbly graham cracker crust. You can grab a slice, order a full 10-inch pie, and try a chocolate-dipped frozen mini “swingle,” with or without raspberry.
This Park Slope bakery opened during the pandemic and quickly attracted lines up the block for its freshly baked breads, pastries, and irresistible sandwiches. The eatery also recently launched an underground supper club called Runner Up, and for Winner’s Thanksgiving take-home menu this year, in addition to heritage turkey, sourdough stuffing and a green bean casserole, choose from two pies available in a half or whole: maple pecan or chai spice pumpkin.
How to order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to preorder until Thursday, November 18 for pick up on Wednesday, November 24.