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Apple pies can't be beat, especially these from (Credit: Composite Photo; Baked, Gentl & Hyers)

Apple pies can't be beat, especially these from Baked and Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

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

Granny Smith apples spiced with cinnamon are encased
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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

CATCH

For something different, CATCH changed up its apple
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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

Nationally beloved pie shop Four & Twenty makes
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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

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Little Pie Company

The sour apple walnut cream pie ($8 for
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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

Baked

Visit this storefront deep into Red Hook for
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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

The apple pie here ($7 a slice) is
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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

This beautiful avant-garde candy apple pie has an
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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

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