5 Yummy Spots to Celebrate National Pie Day

5 Yummy Spots to Celebrate National Pie Day

Matcha Custard Pie (Courtesy Four & Twenty Blackbirds)

National Pie Day (January 23)—not to be confused with Pi Day (March 14)—celebrates the round, crusted baked good that can be either sweet or savory. While meat pies are among the popular cuisine of the United Kingdom and Australia, North Americans tend to favor dessert pies—and New York City offers some great ones. Here are just five of the many bakeries and dining establishments around town where you should grab a slice of pie.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds (Gowanus, Brooklyn): Sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen parlayed their pie-making skills—learned from their grandmother—into a pie shop that has been delighting patrons since 2010. Seasonal pies are available by the slice or whole. Winter fruit pie options are Salted Caramel Apple and Cranberry Apple Crumble. Custard pie options include Lemon Chess, Brown Butter Pumpkin and Matcha Custard, among others. Chocolate pies are Black Bottom Oat, Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan and Chocolate Chess.

Petee’s Pie Company (Lower East Side): Pies made from scratch every day using fresh, seasonal ingredients—what could be better than that? Vegan and gluten-free options are on the menu alongside pies like Local Apple, NY Sour Cherry, Salty Chocolate Chess, Brown Butter Honey Pecan, Banana Cream and more. Seasonal pies offered include Merry berry and Sweet Potato. There are a few savory options as well—Pork Pot Pie, Chicken Pot Pie and Farm Vegetable Quiche. The company’s goal is “to make damn fine pies for damn fine people.” New Yorkers rave about Petee’s Pies on Yelp and New York Magazine calls its offerings the “absolute best pie in NYC.” Pies can be bought by the slice or whole.

Pasticceria Rocco (West Village and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn): This family-owned shop got its start in 1974 and has been making products the same way—by hand and with the finest ingredients—ever since. Among the generous menu of baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries and more), you’ll find all sorts of pies. Apple, blueberry and cherry pies are available year-round, while the rest of the pies are seasonal. Those flavors include Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Mousse and Rocco Choco Pie (a chocolate pie crust filled with a mix of chocolate custard and brownie bits, all topped with chocolate drizzle and chopped up Snickers bars). 

Little Pie Company (Hell’s Kitchen): Handmade from scratch using top-notch, locally sourced ingredients, Little Pie Company offers pies by the slice and whole (5”, 8” and 10”). In addition to seasonal flavors, guests can order favorites like Sour Cream Apple, Florida Key Lime, Mississippi Mud, Banana Coconut Cream and even Piping Hot Chicken Pot Pie, among others.  Other desserts are available as well (cakes, cookies, muffins and more), but the pies are the real stars here. In an interview with Bon Appétit, Sarah Jessica Parker shared that has been getting pumpkin pies from here for Thanksgiving for well over a decade. 

Two Little Red Hens (Upper East Side): This American Bakery is known for all of its baked goods—notably its Brooklyn Blackout cake and cheesecakes—but its pies are among a lot of “best” lists around the city. Seasonal offerings include Apple Crumb, Pumpkin and Pecan/Chocolate Pecan (can be ordered with or without chunks of Callebaut 60/40 chocolate) and weekend pie flavors Key Lime, Chocolate Mousse and Coconut Cream. 

For all pie locations, in you are interested in placing an order for a whole pie, check each location’s website for how far ahead you should call, as some locations need notice 24 hours in advance, while others need a couple days.

Happy National Pie Day! (Courtesy Brooke Lark)

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