Best apple pies in New York City
No other food is more declarative of national pride than apple pie. American soldiers in World War II, when asked why they were fighting, replied with: "For mom and apple pie."
Make it your quest to sample variations of the cultural icon from these New York City spots.
Pies 'N' Thighs(Credit: Winnie Au)
Granny Smith apples spiced with cinnamon are encased in an all-butter crust at this fried-chicken and biscuits joint. The pie ($4.50 a slice) can be served à la mode or with cheddar cheese.
166 S. 4th St., Williamsburg and 43 Canal St., piesnthighs.com
For something different, CATCH changed up its apple pie game with this new take: the apple pie donut. Cream cheese custard, praline ice cream, graham streusel, rum raisins and caramel make this decadent dessert a winner. $13.
21 Ninth Ave., 212-392-5978; catchnewyorkcity.com
Four & Twenty Blackbirds(Credit: Gentl & Hyers)
Nationally beloved pie shop Four & Twenty makes traditional pies with a twist. While the menu changes with the seasons, the salted caramel apple pie ($4.50 a slice) is almost always available and is a top-seller. The filling is made fragrant with fresh lemons and Angostura bitters.
439 Third Ave., Gowanus, 718-499-2917, birdsblack.com
Little Pie Company(Credit: Little Pie Co.)
The sour apple walnut cream pie ($8 for a 5-inch pie, $23 for 8-inch, $30 for 10-inch) is both the Little Pie Co.?s best-seller and a must try. Sliced Granny Smith apples are enrobed in fresh sour cream, and the entire concoction is topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel.
424 W. 43rd St., 212-736-4780, littlepiecompany.com
Visit this storefront deep into Red Hook for some scrumptious pie ($3.75 a slice) with hearty apple chunks, vanilla bean, cinnamon and a "splash" of bourbon.
359 Van Burnt St., Red Hook, 718-222-0345; bakednyc.com
Bubby's(Credit: William Shear)
The apple pie here ($7 a slice) is a rendition of the classic pie. The local apples, chosen from nearby farmers markets, are sautéed first in butter and seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, lemon zest and sea salt. The crust remains graceful and structured even after the baking thanks to double crusting.
120 Hudson St., 212-219-0666; bubbys.com
Butter and Scotch(Credit: Butter & Scotch)
This beautiful avant-garde candy apple pie has an all-butter crust and is drizzled with a cinnamon candy shell, encasing a mix of local apples and apple cider caramel. Available seasonally only, call ahead.
Whole pies ($35) can be purchased through the website and can be sampled at the 818 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights, 347-350-8899; butterandscotch.com