After cupcakes and doughnuts, it was only a matter of time until New York bakers turned their attention to perhaps the most American of sweets: Pie. After all, few things are more satisfying than a thick slice of pie. And in midtown, you’ve got more choices than ever.
Little Pie Company
A bakery dedicated to pie — what more could you want? Their homerun is a sour cream apple-walnut pie made with a brown sugar-and-cinnamon streusel topping. They also bake old-fashioned favorites like Mississippi mud pie, southern pecan, and key lime. Nothing is made with preservatives or mixes.
Blue Smoke Bake Shop
Fans of barbecue will note the name — this “bake shop” is tucked inside the entrance to Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue joint. The restaurant’s pastry chef sells her sweets to go, baking up a sinful banana cream pie, not to mention a “Toll House Cookie” pie that’s basically two desserts in one: a giant chocolate chip cookie inside a flaky crust.
Hill Country Chicken
Fried chicken and pie have long been southern bedfellows. So it’s only natural that Hill Country Chicken, which opened last fall near the Flatiron building, has a pie menu as extensive as its chicken. There are classics like coconut cream pie and lemon meringue to more inspired creations like salted margarita pie with pretzel crust. You’ve got to try the “Texas Billionaire” pie (with chocolate, pecans, marshmallows and salted caramel) if only for the explanation: it’s “rich like a Texas tycoon!”
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