There are about 40 reasons why you may be interested in ordering a pie this Thanksgiving. Here are a few: you’re not going home and you’re sad, your kids aren’t coming home and you’re sad, your social pod is having a four-person feast and you’re on dessert duty, pumpkin pie is delicious. Whatever the reason, scroll down to check “pie?” off of your holiday to-do list.
Whether you want some help with a Thanksgiving meal at home, or you’re looking for a restaurant to go to on the 26th, check out our guide for takeout and on-site specials on wines, desserts, and everything in between.
We might not be able to be with our families this year, but we can still ship them pie and cry-eat over Zoom. Chatman J Cakes, a Black-owned bakery in the Bronx, is shipping seasonal pies and cakes all over the city and country, so your mom in Ohio can enjoy them, too. Each order takes around a week to process and ship, and you can schedule your sweet potato or pecan pie on their website here.
This Thanksgiving, Vinegar Hill House in Dumbo has savory and sweet pies available for pick-up from Dria Atencio (who has hosted pop-ups at Niche Niche, and cooks at the newly-opened L’itos) and the duo that runs Ha’s Đặc Biệt (a Vietnamese street food pop-up that’s been bouncing around the city). You can pre-order pies like coq au vin and spiced coconut pumpkin until 11/22, and pick up the goods on Wednesday or Thursday of Thanksgiving week. Find all the info here.
If you’re reading this before Saturday 11/21, you can still order one of Bien Cuit’s pies for Thanksgiving delivery no matter where you are in the country. Otherwise, plan on picking up a chocolate pecan pie or apple tart with maple cremeux at either the Smith Street or Franklin Street locations in Brooklyn. Find everything you need to know (and some truly exciting images of biscuits) here.
One of our favorite restaurants in Williamsburg is offering $40 pa pies as well as individual slices. For those not yet familiar with Lighthouse’s pa pie, it’s essentially a pecan pie without any pecans. You won’t miss the nuts - what’s left is a super rich, sweet filling, and a dollop of vanilla labne on top. You can pre-order this graham cracker-crusted pie for pick-up or delivery through their website here.
Martha's Country Bakery
If you’re in Forest Hills, Astoria, Williamsburg, or Bayside, you probably already rely on Martha’s Country Bakery for cheesecake and gelato. You can also rely on them to make a cranberry walnut pie so that your oven doesn’t have to work so hard.
It’s possible you don’t have a rolling pin, never mind the patience or counter space needed to make a butter pastry crust. Well, Leo does. This Williamsburg pizza place also happens to specialize in making excellent desserts and baked goods (something about knowing how to use sourdough and flour, we presume). You can pre-order their pies and seasonal cookie box for pick-up on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week here. If you’re looking for something slightly more elaborate than your regular old Thanksgiving pie, know that they have a wild apple crostata and pear tarte tartin (as well as vegan pumpkin pie made with kabocha and koginut squash).
Abu’s Homestyle Bakery in Bed-Stuy is famous for their navy bean pie. If you’re new to navy bean pie world, the bean pie is considered the only Black-American Muslim food in existence, and Abu’s Homestyle Bakery is one of the few places in the city that sells them (also, apparently Muhammad Ali was a big fan). For Thanksgiving this year, support this Black-owned bakery and try a bean pie for yourself. They also sell sweet potato pie, pecan pie, or a coconut custard pie, as well as a ton of sweet merch to buy, in case you’re looking for holiday gifts. Place your order here.
Lafayette bakery is selling maple-pumpkin and apple crumb pie that you can pick-up on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Thanksgiving week. They both have pâte brisée crusts, which will get you one step closer to entering the world of The Great British Bake Off. OK, that’s not necessarily true, but it’ll probably taste delicious. Pre-order yours here.
You could conceivably pick up all of your Thanksgiving dishes from this relatively new bakery and all-day cafe in Park Slope (including a stuffing made from their very good sourdough and $32 turkey with gravy). Winner also has maple pecan pie and pumpkin pie available in half sizes or full nine inch sizes. You may as well get a pint of bourbon vanilla bean ice cream while you’re at it. Email email@example.com to request an order form and check out their site for details.
A good rule of thumb: if it’s a holiday, assume that Breads Bakery has something you want to order. This Thanksgiving, you can pre-order a babka pie. We’ll say it again. A babka pie. Pick-up is available at both the Union Square and UWS locations. Breads also has some delivery options, which you can read about here.
If you’re looking for some Texas-style sides and pies for Thanksgiving, Yellow Rose (a pop-up that’s taking over a permanent location in the East Village next week) is selling pecan cider pies made with Texas pecans and New York apples through their site. They also have a chess pie made with buttermilk and white sweet potato, as well as a bunch of vegan sides. All orders have to be picked up at their East Village location on Wednesday, November 25th or Thursday, November 26th.
The owner of a Bronx-based catering business and restaurant Mottley Kitchen, just opened a new all-day cafe on 3rd Avenue in Mott Haven serving coffee, pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch. They’re also bringing on a guest pastry chef who is making Thanksgiving pies. Find more information here, and check out these other Thanksgiving pie specials.
This South Slope bakery sees your boring pumpkin pie and raises it. They’re making dark chocolate pecan pies, caramel apple pies, and salted honey pumpkin pies that you can choose to share or slowly chip away at during breakfast. Order yours through their website here, and plan on picking it up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Important: Southside Coffee also sells fresh whipped cream so that you can give your pie a cold dairy wig.
This Black-owned cake bakery in Harlem also has sweet potato pies, apple turnovers, blueberry cobblers, and lemon meringue pie you can pre-order for pick-up or delivery. Check out their page here to submit your order. Who says you can’t have lemon meringue pie for Thanksgiving? Really, who said that? We want to talk to them.
Partybus Bakeshop on the LES not only has the best bakery name in all of the city, but it’s an excellent place to eat carbs in all of their many virtuous forms. To prepare for the holiday, pre-order one of their almond chess pies or black bottom pumpkin pies. They have extended hours for pickup and walk-ins on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 7pm.
Ciao, Gloria in Prospect Heights has pumpkin, apple cranberry, and milk chocolate pecan pie available for pre-order through their website. You can also secure some pumpkin whoopie pies and carrot cake. Say whoopie out loud while you order. Whoopie.
Houseman has historically served pie we love, like a slice with filling that’s pretty much nothing but peanuts. This year, the west Soho restaurant is making pecan pie, apple pie, pecan tarts, and fruitcake for Thanksgiving pick-up or delivery. You can find out more about Houseman’s other at-home Thanksgiving options here
Brooklyn Sweet Spot
Brooklyn Sweet Spot is selling seasonal pies that you can finish baking at home. We assume the hot smell of cinnamon and butter will trick everyone within a quarter-mile into thinking you were the one who actually made the pie. They don’t need to know the truth. You can order a caramel apple pie or a sweet potato pie made with Southern garnet jewel yams from this Black-owned bakery in Fort Greene here.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
This Gowanus bakery has pies available for pre-ordering that you can pick up during Thanksgiving week. Get on it soon, in case they sell out. Four & Twenty Blackbirds is known for their brown butter pumpkin pie, which is made with brown butterscotch, and their salty honey pies with honey custard and sea salt. They’re also selling pies for pick-up at their location in Prospect Heights, and shipping nationwide on Goldbelly.
Mel is one of our favorite new bakeries in the city, and your Thanksgiving will become about 40% more special if it’s accompanied by one of their baked goods. This LES spot specializes in bread and pastry made with heirloom grains that are milled by small-batch companies (or in-house). For Thanksgiving this year, they’re offering options like a cranberry galette, mulled vegan apple crisp, brown butter pumpkin pie, and a bouquet of decorative bread loaves that come in a basket with their house butter. Mel also has gluten-free pies available.
Both the UES and UWS locations of Orwasher’s Bakery are offering Thanksgiving pie pick-up between November 16th and November 26th. They make their pecan pie with maple syrup and a touch of orange zest, which sounds like an ideal breakfast slice to us.
If you’re in the West Village or Red Hook, both of La Newyorkina’s locations have a Mexican chocolate pecan pie and an apple cajeta gallete available for pick-up or delivery between November 25th and 28th. All you need to do is pick which one you want, and place your order two days in advance. Check out all of their Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving options here.
In addition to a four-person Thanksgiving meal-kit, Charlie Bird also has pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies available for pick-up at Legacy Records in Midtown (another restaurant from the same restaurant group) The pies are usually ready within five days, so place your order accordingly, and check out their other Thanksgiving options here.
If you have classic Thanksgiving pie fatigue, try this French bakery’s cherry blackberry pie this year. All of Maman’s locations around the city are offering pie and cookie pick-up and delivery. You just need to place your order 48 hours in advance of your pick-up date (which runs between November 16th and November 29th). You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
This excellent French restaurant in Tribeca has homemade pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies available for pre-order through their website. They’ve had some practice with pastries recently, considering they just opened their very own bakery in the neighborhood (which happens to make some good kouign-amann).