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 commemorate the Fourth of July this year by sampling variations of the cultural icon from these spots.
Pies 'N' Thighs
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(Credit: Winnie Au)
The signature pie at Greenpoint bakery Pie Corps is the Apple Crumb with Rosemary Caramel ($5 per slice). The bakery is known for doing both sweet and savory desserts and pies very well, so this mash-up of both makes sense!
77 Driggs Ave., piesnthighs.com(Credit: FACEBOOK/ Pie Corps)
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
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(Credit: Gentl & Hyers)
Little Pie Company
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(Credit: Little Pie Co.)
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(Credit: Baked)
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(Credit: CATCH)
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(Credit: William Shear)
Two Little Red Hens
This classic Yorkville bakery is known for its cakes but the pies are equally popular - especially the double crust apple. Made with McIntosh, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples, there's a depth here that pie aficionados will appreciate. (They also make an Apple Crumb pie).
1652 Second Ave., twolittleredhens.com(Credit: Yelp/ Charles T.)
Butter and 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(Credit: Butter & Scotch)