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 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, 347-529-6090; piesnthighs.com(Credit: Winnie Au)
Saturated with Bourbon meringue and raisins, the apple pie ($12 a slice) at this seafood restaurant is served with vanilla ice cream. Finish your meal of red snapper and crab tagliatelle with this exquisite treat.
21 Ninth Ave., 212-392-5978; catchnewyorkcity.com(Credit: Catch)
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Pie orders can now be placed for whole pies ($38) in celebration of the national fete. Opt for the salted caramel apple pie ($4.50 a slice), whose filling is made fragrant with fresh lemons and Angostura bitters.
439 Third Ave., Gowanus, 718-499-2917, birdsblack.com(Credit: Gentl & Hyers)
Little Pie Co.
The sour apple walnut cream pie ($8 a slice) is both the Little Pie Co.’s best-seller and a must try for the Fourth of July holiday. 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)
The apple pie here ($8 a slice) is a rendition of the classic pie. The apples, chosen from nearby farmers markets, are sautéed first in butter. The crust remains graceful and structured even after the baking.
120 Hudson St., 212-219-0666; bubbys.com(Credit: William Shear)
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, and pies are constantly changing.
Whole pies ($35) can be purchased through the website and can be sampled at the Brooklyn Flea, 80 N. 5th St., WIlliamsburg. butterandscotch.com(Credit: Butter & Scotch)
Paramount Bar & Grill
Skip the traditional pastry and go for the apple-pie-bourbon milkshake at this hotel restaurant. Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, bourbon and pie crust ingredients are blended with vanilla ice cream.
235 W. 46th St., 212-827-4116; nycparamount.com(Credit: Paramount Bar & Grill)