Roasted turkey may be the symbolic center at the Thanksgiving table, but everyone knows that the true star of the holiday is pie. Flaky, buttery and filled in the center with your favorite flavor of the season (pecan, pumpkin or apple are often the reliable go tos), a slice or two of warm, homemade pie is the moment everyone looks forward to (and saves room for) at the end of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. So why not extend the celebrations? Whether you’re dining out or cooking in this holiday, there’s no reason you can’t sample a few of the city’s greatest pies in the days leading up to (or following) the big event. After all, the holidays are the time to indulge, right? Here are some of the best places in downtown New York to grab your next seasonal slice.
If the nostalgic Yiddish name of this pie shop isn’t enough to sway your heart, then their one-of-a-kind rich and satisfying peanut butter pie will. Bubby’s first opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day in 1990, selling homemade pies out of the then-small Tribeca kitchen. Nearly twenty years later (and still just a hop skip and a jump’s distance from The Wagner), the successful enterprise now includes a restaurant arm but continues to sell mouth-watering pies inspired by the flavors of Thanksgiving. While you can’t grab a slice to-go, you won’t regret pre-ordering a whole pie (regardless of when you plan to eat it). Choose from seasonal favorites like their local pumpkin praline, double-crust apple, and sour cherry, or year-round winners like their peanut butter chocolate and banoffee pies.
The forty-minute walk to Petee’s Pie Co from The Wagner is the perfect distance away to work up a healthy appetite for their scrumptious pies by the slice. (Don’t worry, if you’re not in the mood for a long walk you can make it there in twenty minutes via subway or taxi.) Family owned and operated, Petee’s makes their delicious pies using only local produce, fair-trade sweeteners, organic flour, and local, grass-fed butter. Their community-oriented mission is baked into every bite of their fruit, nut, custard and icebox pies. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out their signature chess pie, a southern classic made with cornmeal and buttermilk, including a black bottom ganache and almond chess surprise. Just don’t forget to add a dollop of maple whipped cream for that extra dash of autumn flavor.
Yes, The Dutch is a trendy hot-spot in SoHo known for finger-licking American fare and custom cocktails. But don’t be fooled, the housemade Vietnamese coffee pie is exactly as delicious as it sounds. Whether you stop by for a full meal or just dessert, you’ll marvel at the decadent flavors and varying textures of their pies. And if the Vietnamese coffee pie is a bit too far out of your wheelhouse, don’t worry, there are usually three or four pies listed on their rotating dessert menu (including another crowd favorite, the caramel apple pie served with bourbon walnut ice cream).