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NYC’s Ultimate Apple Pie Guide

apple-pie-recipe1The first thing that comes to mind when we think of fall is apples and, of course, pie.  And goodness knows, NYC bakeries kick into high gear the minute that fall rolls around, angling for first prize when it comes to their double crusted, streusel topped, or even tidy, palm-sized apple pies.  And the following eight — from Bill Yosses’ Perfect Pie on the Upper East Side to Daly Pies in Brooklyn — are in a total dead heat!

Perfect Pie

Perfect Pie
239 Gracie Station
Upper East Side,New York 10028
(212) 410-3262

This may just be the city’s best-kept secret; did you know that Bill Yosses, former White House Executive Pastry Chef, is currently churning out artisanal treats in NYC?  He maintains a green and sustainable ethos that adheres to strict sourcing guidelines, for the integrity and production of his pies, which include a truly perfect apple that’s the personal favorite of the Obama’s; featuring a vanilla and honey-sweetened mix of Galas, Granny Smiths and Macintoshes in an all-butter crust.

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Daly Pies

Daly Pies
665 Vanderbilt Ave
Prospect Heights,New York 11238
(347) 425-9251

Brooklyn’s pie scene is already pretty formidable, but this Prospect Heights newcomer (the first brick-and-mortar offshoot of an online-only baking company) is remarkably well rounded on the apple front, offering everything from a classic, two crusted apple — made with the owner’s mom’s recipe — to a salted caramel and peanut-topped candy apple pie, to an oat and brown sugar-strewn apple crisp, and even a selection of hand pies, for enjoying on the go!

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Four and Twenty Blackbirds
439 3rd Avenue
NY 11215
(718) 499-2917

Not like you need any more encouragement to visit Four and Twenty Blackbirds, but it’s simply impossible to draw up a list of the city’s best pies, and not have the sister-run business on it.  Especially if you’re talking about Salty Caramel Apple, which is basically the breakout Brooklyn star’s claim to fame; featuring Wilklow Orchard apples tossed with demerara sugar and bitters, and a layer of sea salted caramel cooked directly under the crust.

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Red Rooster

Red Rooster
310 Lenox Avenue
Harlem,New York 10027
(212) 792-9001

If you’re going to take the A train to Harlem, be sure to make a pit stop at Marcus Samuelsson’s soulful Red Rooster for shrimp and dirty rice, mac and greens, and fried yard bird.  And save room for dessert; namely, a slice of roasted (yes we said roasted) apple pie, with showers of aged cheddar cheese baked right inside the crust!

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Petee’s Pie Company

Petee’s Pie Company
61 Delancey St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 966-2526

Being that the eponymous Petee’s parents run the acclaimed Mom’s Apple Pie Company in Virginia, you can bet she can turn out a pretty mean pastry, using organic flour, grass-fed butter, natural and fair-trade sweeteners, and seasonal, local apples sourced from the Hudson Valley.

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Little Pie Company

Little Pie Company
424 W 43rd Street
Hell's Kitchen,NY 10036
(212) 736-4780

As far as single-crusted apple pies go, none in the city hold a candle to the version at this Hell’s Kitchen bakery, piled high with hand-sliced Granny Smith apples folded with sour cream, and finished with a thick layer of brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel topping.

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Pies n’ Thighs

Pies n’ Thighs
166 South 4th Street
New York 11211
(347) 529-6090

It says a lot that “pies” are actually advertised over this Brooklyn eatery’s famous fried chicken.  But if you can pair a drumstick with waffles, why not a slice of tart, Granny Smith apple-enriched pie, poked with a slice of tangy cheddar cheese?

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Two Little Red Hens

Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave
Upper East Side,New York 10028
(212) 452-0476

This “American” bakery focuses on timeless classics, so you know they place extra emphasis on apples the minute that autumn rolls around; offering a double crusted apple, an apple crumb with a cinnamon oatmeal topping, and a fall medley; a seasonal blend of apples, plums, pears, cranberries, golden raisins, apricots, ginger and walnuts!

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