New York

Where to Find the Best Pumpkin Pies in NYC

Little Pie Company
Little Pie Company
Little Pie Company

Sure, you could make a pumpkin pie, but canned pumpkin is actually made from “Dickinson squash” and anyways, isn’t it nicer to have someone else clean up all that mess? As radiators begin to rattle on, election day looms, and I buy my annual stupid-expensive Unflattering Hat, the warming spices of ginger and cloves (and just a nip of brandy) are starting to sound pretty delicious.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait until you’re forced to see your entire extended family to have a slice of the good stuff. We’ve got a ton of amazing bakeries right here in New York, serving up everything from the classic pinched-crust slice to modern twists with white chocolate, brown butter, and dulce de leche.

Hill Country
Hill Country
Hill Country

Hill Country

Flatiron
This Southern fried chicken joint has a secret — they bake fresh pies from scratch every day. The pie menu is always changing, so be sure to call ahead. Get a 9-inch whole pumpkin pie with allspice and cloves baked to order, or do what I do and get a Pie Cup — that’s an individually sized serving that allows you to eat your autumnal feelings quickly, while walking, because you only have 15 minutes between meetings.

Blue Stove

Williamsburg
This café and bakery offers a cozy sit-down space so you can enjoy your pie with a side of Wi-Fi. The pumpkin pie is just one of their autumn flavors, along with the Cheddar-crusted blackberry apple (just putting it out there). Order your pie by the slice with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, a scoop of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory’s vanilla, or a cup of grown-up warm milk steamed with lavender honey.

Milk Bar
Milk Bar
Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Multiple Locations
With layers of roasted pumpkin ganache and vanilla spice cake, the Pumpkin Pie Dulce de Leche Cake combines the best of pumpkin pie and Momofuku’s signature sweets. Order it whole, topped with sliced pepitas; get a slice mixed with Cereal Milk ice cream like an unholy bourgeoisie McFlurry; or eat it in cake-truffle form with pumpkin puree and a cinnamon-sugar dusting.

Butter & Scotch

Crown Heights
This bar-slash-bakery serves up a pumpkin sweet potato pie, joining the ingredients together to effectively end the pumpkin vs. sweet potato debate. The spot’s a little gimmicky — their motto is “Bitches Love Sprinkles,” which this particular bitch finds condescending — but you can’t argue with a good pie, man. Turns out it’s even harder to quibble with decor when you’re washing that pie down with a frozen rum cider.

Petee's Pie Co
Petee’s Pie Co
Petee’s Pie Co

Petee’s Pie Company

Lower East Side
Petee’s is open until midnight so you can fulfill your late-night pumpkin pie cravings. Their version features an assortment of locally grown pumpkins and winter squash, plus a classic, rustic pinched crust. If sweet potato pie is more your thing, Petee’s fills theirs with slow-roasted sweet potatoes from Phillips Farms in Milford, New Jersey. Bring a date, order a slice of both, and have one of those cute “fights” over which one is better. 

Two Little Red Hens

Yorkville
Don’t let all those rainbow sprinkles in the window fool you… Two Little Red Hens’ special order menu features tons of seasonal favorites. Three days’ advance notice is required for a whole pie, but the wait is totally worth it. Their pumpkin pie is made with brown sugar and brandy, and their pumpkin cheesecake features a rich molasses graham cracker crust. While you’re there, you might as well try the Pumpkin Harvest, a pumpkin-spiced cake with apricot frosting.

Lady M
Lady M
Lady M

Lady M

Multiple Locations
If living well is the best revenge, then Lady M’s Pumpkin Nuage is designed to serve to your enemy. An elegant cross between pumpkin pie and cheesecake, the nuage — French for cloud — is lightly spiced and light as air. Does it cost $80? Well, yes. Would only a maniac pay $80 for a pie? I don’t know, maybe! Buy this $80 pie and bring it to your ex’s holiday party and watch them weep.

Little Pie Company

Midtown West
This pumpkin pie is as creamy and classic as it gets. Go for the whole 10-inch pie or order a Little Pie Fall Sampler — that’s four 5-inch pies, with one each of pumpkin, sour cream apple walnut, Southern pecan, and Mississippi Mud. Even a 5-inch pie is more than enough to share — the filling is so thick, it’s practically deep-dish. (To be clear, deep-dish pie is only acceptable when it’s not pizza, don’t @ me because you can’t @ me.)  

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Multiple Locations
This early leader of the pie craze is a fan-favorite for a reason. Their Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie with an all-butter crust has a complex caramel note that pairs perfectly with a cold brew for breakfast (my favorite way to eat dessert). You could use your cookbook and make it yourself, but let me tell you, that recipe has 24 ingredients. I find that being confident I’ll never bake a pie in a million years makes the price per slice suddenly seem a little more reasonable.

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Chinatown
Is it pie? Well, not technically, but the Ice Cream Factory’s pumpkin pie flavor has all of the holiday spices of the classic dessert in a delivery mechanism significantly more suited to the current realities of global warming. If you really want to simulate the pumpkin pie experience, order a custom ice cream cake with layers of pumpkin pie, vanilla, and almond cookie. Just think of it as a more efficient pie à la mode.

Cutie Pies NYC
Cutie Pies NYC
Cutie Pies NYC

Cutie Pies NYC

Delivery Only
Cutie Pies doesn’t have a storefront, but that just means you can get a pie delivered straight to your couch. Their pumpkin pie, made with a dash of rum and black pepper, is totally customizable — order it with a chocolate cookie or butter-flake crust, a chocolate or white chocolate ganache, and oak or holly leaf decorations. You can even get it gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free, if that’s your thing. If you want to go totally custom — say, a crust that says NO POLITICS AT THE TABLE, UNCLE BILL — just shoot over an email to see what she can do.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Lower East Side
If you’re going to eat a vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar pumpkin pie, you might as well eat the best of them. Erin McKenna, the long-reigning queen of gluten-free desserts, uses garbanzo bean flour, rice milk, and arrowroot starch (among other smart substitutions) to create a crust that’s nearly as flaky as the ones chock-full of butter and eggs. It’s not exactly Whole 30-approved, but it’s a sweet(ish) taste of the season for those with dietary restrictions.

Patisserie Tomoko

Williamsburg
Half Japanese tea room and half French patisserie, Tomoko has, perhaps surprisingly, one of the best pumpkin pies in the city. Among green tea mochi, yuzu mousse, and black sesame dacquoise, the elegant simplicity of the classic American dessert takes on an earthier appeal. Order your pie to go and, if your blood sugar can take the hit, stay for the three-course, prix fixe pairing of wine and patisserie sweets.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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