With the imminent expansions of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Butter & Scotch, and Pies 'n' Thighs, it's a good time to be eating pie in New York. (Not that it's ever been a bad time, exactly.) But right now it's even better because it's finally the season for killer fillings like rhubarb, strawberries, and soon, so soon blueberries. Here are ten restaurants and bakeries making the most of the juicy, ripe fruit.
Pastry chef Kierin Baldwin makes a mean rhubarb pie, which she serves with candied kumquats, strawberry compote, and buttermilk ice cream. Her banana-cream pie, with passion fruit, chili caramel, and guava sherbet, is also excellent.
Pies n Thighs
A new Canal Street location isn't open yet, but you'll find a lemon-chess pie with a raspberry-rhubarb topping at the popular Williamsburg outpost, as well as a blackberry pie.
You'll find classic key-lime-pie tartlets at this East Village mainstay. And even though it's not pie, the cornbread-cake dessert, with strawberry-rhubarb compote and vanilla ice cream, is definitely worth ordering, too.
Two Little Red Hens
Even downtown folks should know it's worth a trip to the Upper East Side in order to visit this outstanding little bakery: There's a classic strawberry-rhubarb pie on the menu, and in the coming weeks, Two Little Red Hens will debut a "summer medley" pie, with a mix of fruits.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
This Gowanus bakery, which now has a location in the Brooklyn Public Library Café, has new flavors like strawberry-balsamic, lavender-honey custard, and chocolate julep. And, don't forget: There's a massive new pie wonderland opening this summer, which will only bring more flavor options with it.
Marlow & Sons
What's the best way to end a meal of oysters and chicken-liver paté? Mini rhubarb-and-black pepper streusel pies with a brown-butter brisée crust, of course.
This beloved Red Hook bakery knows how to master strawberry-rhubarb pie. (And even though it's not strictly seasonal, don't miss the gooey chocolate-bourbon-pecan pie, too.)
Pearl Oyster Bar
Come for the city's most famous lobster roll, and stay for the warm slices of pie in flavors like strawberry-rhubarb and blueberry.