Rating Scale

1- Not Even I Would Eat this Again

2- Eh...

3- Good... But thats about it

4- Mmmm My Tummy Says Thank You

5- Pie-gasmic! Put It Straight in My Veins. 

Salted Honey Pie by Pies and Vibes

Rating: 3.5/5

Fans of the Four and Twenty Blackbird version of the Salted Honey Pie will find the same basic flavor here. Although not as thick as the Four and Twenty version, it tastes the same. If you're in Manhattan and you're jonesing  for some salty honey, you can now just save yourself the trip to BK.

Double Chocolate Maple Pecan Pie by Miss America Pie

Rating: 3.5/5

This leans a tad closer to a chocolate chess pie than toward a pecan pie. And that's the way I like a chocolate pecan pie. It's usually overkill when it's just a pecan pie with chocolate in it. It's the case when the whole is less than the sum of its parts here. But this one actually works. And as a special touch it has a chocolate crust which is rightfully not too sweet. Give this one a try for yourself.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge by Pie Lady and Son

Rating: 3/5

Another pie claiming to be a chocolate fudge pie. Well, technically it is, but there are better options out there if you want truly fudgyness out of your pie. This one is a little too dry on the inside. If you simply heat it up for a bit, it melts it back into the something that might earn the right to be called "chocolate fudge." So if you go with this, I suggest you head straight to the microwave with it.

Stickabutta Pie by the Cookery

Rating: 3.5/5

ok so this is basically a sweet slice of cheesecake. But who's complaining? What's sets this one apart is that it has a crust made out of some kind of nut (almond? macadamia? pecan?, yeah, pecan), a sweet caramel dressing, and some powdered sugar sprinkled on top just in case you somehow needed more sugar. Personally, I prefer it without the crust, but that's easily resolved by me chopping off the bottom and eating it separately.  yeah, you have to travel to Westchester to get it put just think of it as pre-burning off the calorie you're going to consume devouring this pie.

Key Lime Pie by Hillstone Restaurant

Rating: 4/5

Who knew that one of the tastiest key lime pies in NYC could be found at a chain? Hillstone, formerly Houston's restaurant, has a mighty fine Key Lime pie. Accompanied by a generous serving of fresh whipped cream and a cinnamon graham cracker crust, this pie has a creamy filling that is neither too sweet nor too tart.  I dare say that this pie challenges some of the pies I've had in the birthplace of the pies-Key West. So save yourself the air fare and the heat stroke and head to Park Ave for some KLP in NYC.

Butternut Squash Pie by the Harlem Pie Man

Rating: 3/5

I am a fan of all things custard as many of you know. I've had Butternut Squash pies before and they were basically just pumpkin pies complete with all the standard spices. Yes that means I usually really like them so no complaints here. But this one is a lot more like butternut squash puree in a pie crust. That means it has a distinct squash flavor that sets it apart from the all the pumpkins and the the pseudo-pumpkin pies that most Butternut squash pies are. That being said, some may not appreciate this pie for what it is so I gave it a 3.  I however, will mostly likely be trying another slice.

Pumpkin Pie by Cafe Lalo

Rating: 2/5

yeah, yeah, yeah, so your cafe was in a movie. I'm sorry but You've Got Mail was a long time ago by impatient moviegoer standards and you better have a good reason to get me in that shop other than fading memories of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan being cute-ish around each other. And this pumpkin pie aint it. Now granted, the slice I had was a day old but I'm betting that fresh out the oven it's still a dud. sigh.

Black Current Pie by Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Fans of tart berry flavors your pie has arrived! Reminiscent of a raspberry or a blackberry pie, the black current brings that sweet tartness for those of you who like to pucker up a little bit when eating your dessert.  As an added bonus, it comes packed with more vitamin C than an orange plus antioxidants so there's less guilt about devouring a slice. Not that you need the excuse with a pie this tasty.

Mint Julep Pie by Butter and Scotch

Rating: 4/5

A surprisingly refreshing take on the classic cocktail in pie form. Now this pie could have gone all kinds of wrong but it manages to offer a delicate mint flavor in a dense creamy custard with a welcomed punch of bourbon that goes so right. Subtle, yet somehow also overt, I wish this pie were on the menu more often.  Alas, it was only a brief special. Hurry back to us soon Mint Julep Pie. 

Amaretti Icebox Pie by Salvation Burger

Rating: 4/5

Ok so I’m not the biggest fan of Amaretti cookies but I inhaled this pie. A creamy layer of Amaretti custard followed by another creamy layer with Amaretti cookie bits mixed in topped with even more Amaretti cookies. I might go back for more of this almondy awesomeness and skip right over the burger!

Salty Lime Pie from Daly Pies

Rating: 4/5

A key lime pie with a hommade taste and a good balance between tangy lime and sweet condensed milk. I say that calmy but do you know how hard it is to get that balance right? Dang hard for such a simple pie. And a buttery graham cracker crust to boot? I'll be stopping by Daly Pies for my KLP fix.

Full Custom Custard by Dangerously Delicious Pies

Rating: 4/5

Ignore that name. This is a bean pie. And a darn fine one at that. So fine in fact, that I would happily drive all the way to Baltimore to get it. Rich and custardy with a cinnamon top. Heck yeah, this one is a do.

Sweet Potato Pie by Amy Ruth's

Rating: 3/5

So this one will do when the holidays are over and you just need you some sweet potato pie. Sweet without that orange flavor that annoyingly interferes with  the filling, this one is good but doesn’t quite make it all the way to great.

Matcha Custard by Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Rating: 4/5

Green tea pie? Weird as it may sound, it works. Super creamy to the point of me wondering if there’s some petroleum jelly hidden somewhere in the filling, this pie has the not-too sweet taste  of green tea ice cream in pie form.

Sweet Potato Pie by Make My Cake

Rating: 2/5

Bland, not sweet enough and an unfortunate orange flavor. Sigh.

Sesame Chess Pie from Petee's Pie Company

4/5

Who would have thought to combine sesame seeds, tahini, and pie crust? Well Petee's did and I kinda like it. Give it a try if you want a bit if a pie adventure.

Double Chocolate Cookie Pie by Buttermilk Bakeshop

3/5

Nothing to really complain about with this pie- its’ moist, there’s chocolate, there’s nuts.  Maybe a slight cinnamon flavor. Tasty enough. Nothing to really go bananas over though.

Key Lime Pie by Make My Cake

Rating: 3/5

Not too bad. There’s some question as to the texture of the filling, it seems a little sticker than it should be but it will work when in need of some KLP.

Honey Rosemary Shoofly Pie by Four and Twenty Blackbirds

3/5

Ah, another Shoofly.  This one's got a floury, dense top that borders on cookie texture and a thin, wet honey bottom.  I guess that's what makes it a shoofly. But I feel like I want more of a molasses flavor going on than what's here.  Maybe also less coffe-cake like top and more filling. Not that it’s bad but I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way for this one again.

Sweet Potato Pie by Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Finally, a sweet potato pie that’s not drowning in orange flavor! This one has a more subtle flavor than others but I’m cool with that! This will be one of my go-to’s this Fall season.

Nutella Pecan Pie by Buttermilk Bakeshop

Rating: 2/5

Although the nutella is really trying hard, the filling just is just too sweet and overwhelms the whole thing, sigh.

Plum Blackberry Crostata by What's For Dessert

Rating: 3/5

Tart yet sweet, nothing really wrong with the berrylicious crostata. Although, nothing really stands out about it either.

Pumpkin Pie by Butter and Scotch

Rating: 3/5

This is one of those not too sweet pumpkin-y kind of pies. Personally, I prefer a creamier, sweeter pumpkin pie but at least there’s some whipped cream on top to cut into the pure pumpkin flavor a bit. Not a bad pie but you could do better in the NYC area.

Chocolate Tart with Salted Oat Crust by What's For Dessert

Rating: 2/5

Yeah, not really a fan of fancy chocolate tarts that are too fudgey and too bitter to be fun. I guess it you gotta go gluten free then it won’t hurt to give it a try.

Peach Custard Tart from What's For Dessert

Rating: 4/5

This is what a peaches and cream pie should be. Most peach pies are oversweet gooey messes. What a waste of a fine fruit. What’s for Dessert gets it right by putting the peach slices in a custard filling. And a mighty fine custard filling it is. I could eat the whole thing in one sifting. Check that- I have eaten the whole thing in one sitting.

Peach Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

How does she do it? I don’t know but Petee’s has made a peach pie that’s not super sweet. This is a peach pie I could eat all of in one sitting. Slightly tart and not at all gooped up like some peach pies I’ve had, man am I going back for seconds.

Buttermilk Pie from Buttermilk Bakeshop

Rating: 4.5/5

Oh I like this one.  A custard with a sugar top that reminds me of crème brulee? More please! Not too tart as some buttermilk pies can be, this creamy sweetness is one of those simple yet satisfying pies that makes you have to go back to get seconds. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart from Dutch Desserts

Rating: 3/5

You know, I’m just not that big of a strawberry rhubarb fan. This take on it isn’t bad but you really gotta bring it for me to get down with this kind of pie.  

Coconut Cream Pie from What's For Dessert

Rating: 4/5

With real whipped cream on top and a sweet but not overly sweet filling in the middle, this is a pretty good coconut cream pie.

Mocha Cream Pie from Blue Stove

Rating: 3/5

Fans of anything coffee flavored will go for this pie. An Oreo crust (almost can never go wrong with an Oreo crust), a creamy chocolate filling, and a fresh whipped mocha cream topper make this one a keeper for the caffeinated set. If coffee isn't really your thing, skip it.

Butterscotch Bourbon Pie from Magpie’s Artisan Pie Boutique

Rating: 5/5

Kudos to Magpies for making a deliciously creative pie. Blending the sweetness of butterscotch with the smooth deep flavor of bourbon was definitely a good idea. 

Cardaman Custard from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

This is just their yummy egg custard pie with cardoman on top instead of nutmeg. I much prefer the nutmeg to this flavor which can be a bit overwhelming to the simple custard base but the simple vustard base is so darn good it almost makes up for it. If you love all things cardomon then go for it for sure. If you loved the basic egg custard go for it anyway.

Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie from Buttermilk Bakeshop

Rating: 3/5

Bacon? Yep, bacon. Not a lot but it will remind you that it’s there every few bites or so. Not sure what it does for the pie but I guess sometimes you gotta try something new. As far as the rest of the pie- well, it’s ok. Not particularly chocolatey and with a dense pecan layer that cuts into some of the sweetness a bit, this is worth a try even if it’s just a one time experiment.

Strawberry Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Rating: 3/5

This pie is ok during strawberry season if you need to get some before the season ends. But should you go out of your way to get it? Not really. At least the filling isn’t goopy and there are real strawberries in it. It’s got some kind of a crumb on top that’s kinda ok. Crust still not doing it for me though. So an overall “meh” for me.

Carnie Pie from Blue Stove

Rating: 3/5

Not a bad pie but basically just their bittersweet chocolate pie with some peanuts mixed in and a few useless pieces of popcorn on top. You won’t be upset but you wont be blown away either.

Spiced Egg Custard from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Oh how long I’ve waited for a classic egg custard and now it’s here. Brings tears of joy to my eyes. I can’t stop eating this pie. There’s not that much to it and that’s the secret. If you’re a fan of flan, egg custards are for you. And Petee’s does it right.

S'mores Pie from Daly Pie

Rating: 3.5/5

I kinda dig this one. It’s a little different from your classic (is it too soon to call S'mores pie a classic?) version of the pie. The main difference is the marshmallow topper which is more of a meringue, not the hard kind that ruins many a meringue pie, but a nice homemade fluffy one. The fudge layer is properly fudgey although the graham cracker crust could use some shoring up so it’s not overwhelmed by the chocolate sitting on top of it. Overall though, I enjoyed this pie.

Lime Basil Pie from Magpie’s Artisan Pie Boutique

Rating: 4/5

So this one is basically a key lime pie. And I’m not complaining! Fans of the KLP should give this one a try.

Chocolate Pudding Pie from Pies N Thighs

Rating: 2/5

You know, I could have done better with a oreo pie crust and a packet of chocolate jello pudding picked up at Stop and Shop.

Red Velvet Custard from The Blue Stove

Rating: 3/5

So, Red Velvet. The problem with red velvet desserts is that most of the time, you’d rather just have the full chocolate experience. So it is with this pie. Nothing wrong with the Oreo-like crust. That is some good chocolate there. Nothing wrong with the whipped cream cheese frosting either. It’s the red stuff in the middle. Not a whole lot of flavor going on. I’ve had red velvet stuff I’ve enjoyed more. This time, I feel like I’d rather just have the chocolate pudding/ crème version of this pie and skip the red. Feel free to add a pint if you’re a die- hard red velvet fan

Key Lime Pie from Two Little Red Hens

Rating: 2/5

Too tart, graham cracker crust not buttery enough.  Put those together and you get a pie that’s just not worth it. Better options around to get your KLP fix.

Chocolate Cream Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Fresh sweet whipped cream, deep chocolate filling, tasty butter crust. What’s to complain about? A solid chocolate cream pie.

Maple Pecan Pie from Pie Corps

Rating: 3/5

Not my favorite pecan pie in the area. Needs a bit more bourbon or a bit more molasses to make me a regular consumer of this pie.

Brownie Pudding Pie from Yura on Madison

Rating: 4/5

Definitely leans more toward chocolate pudding/mouse than toward brownie but is still pretty tasty. Rich and deep in chocolate flavor, chocoholics need to take note of this here pie.

Sweet Potato Pie by Meredith's Homemade Pie

Rating: 2/5

Why add orange to Sweet Potato Pie? I just don’t get it. Citrus has a place and this aint it. 

Banana Cream Pie from The Blue Stove

Rating: 3/5

Well, it’s got some vanilla wafers in it but, for some reason, they’re not helping. Maybe it was an off day but I’ve had much better banana cream pies elsewhere in the area.

Molasses Pecan Pie from Blue Stove

Rating: 4/5

This pie has the perfect amount of rum to counter the sweetness of the molasses.  Also right amount of molasses so as not to overwhelm and to keep it from being too sweet. One of the best pecan pies in the NYC area.

Coconut Custard Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Some coconut custards are brought down by overwhelming sweetness. Not this one. Eggy and sweet without drowning you in cream of coconut, this pie is a must for custard fans.

Creme Brulee Pie from Hill Country Chicken

Rating: 4/5

Why isn’t everybody making crème brulee into pie? Such a simple idea. Take an established dessert that’s awesome and add a graham cracker crust. Voila- you’ve got a tasty pie.

Blueberry Pie from Briemere Farms

Rating: 5/5

The best bluberry pie I've had in forever. Not too sweet or syrupy as some fruit pies can be, and not too bitter either. And that crust is perfect. Worth the drive all the way out to deep Long Island.

Banoffee Pie from Bubby's

Rating: 4/5

A pie with bananans smothered in a toffee filling with fresh whipped cream on top? Yes, please.  Slightly reminiscent of Bananas Foster minus the alcohol, this pie is sinfully good. Do try Bubby's Banoffee, you might just lick the plate afterwards

Black Bottom Spruce Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Rating: 1/5

Weird. Just weird. For a millisecond, it tastes like it could have some potential. Then the spruce kicks in and in next thing you know, you’re eating a Christmas wreath. No idea why they put a chocolate bottom on this pie. Maybe the chocolate goes better with the spruce?  Could have worked if they had just put it in a regular crust without the weird holiday vibe.

Toasted Almond Chess Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Ah, almond fans I’ve got something for you! If you cant get enough of that nut then this pies for you!  Sweet and dense, this pie is just how a chess pie should be-delicious.

Key Lime Pie from Pies N Thighs

Rating: 3.5/5

Nice and whipped which makes it lighter. Graham cracker crust. No weird over condensed milk texture. Not too sweet or too bitter. It works.

Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from Little Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

You had me at the topping. I could eat a pie made of just the crumble apples not included.  By itself, the sliced apple and sour cream filling is tasty enough but not particularly impressive compared to many other standar apple pies. But that sweet brown sugar crumbly strussel makes it all worthwhile.

Pumpkin Pie from Bubby's

Rating: 4/5

We might just have another contender in the competition for best pumpkin pie in NYC! This pie is slightly whipped  yet still very creamy with a light cream flavor leading to a very custard- like (you can actually taste the egg and cream in this one!) kind of filling. The caramel and pecan nicely complement the fresh homemade- tasting filling and there is just the right amount of spices without overwhelming the flavor. And, is that lard in the crust? Yes! A darn fine pie. Get it while it’s in season.

Banana Cream Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Just a great banana cream pie. Classic and tasty with fresh whipped cream and bananas.

Apricot and Almond Custard Pie from Blue Stove

Rating: 3/5

This one is similar to the standard almond tart you can get at most pastry spots.  Made with mascarpone, the custard part was wetter and less dense than most of the ones you find. Not bad, but I’ve had better versions of this. Of course I ate it anyway.

Birch Beer Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Rating: 3/5

A super creamy custard with subtle cream soda flavor which actually gives it a slightly strange flavor. Go for it if you are a fan of cream soda.

Shaker Lemon Pie from Butter and Scotch

Rating: 3/5

A pie made for lemon lovers. And lovers of lemon rinds.  In fact if you like eating the whole lemon, bitter rind and all, than this pie is for you. If you can handle the “pithy-ness” of the filling which since it is made with whole lemons, makes it a tad on the chewy side,  you will be in for a sweet yet bitter custard.

Brown Sugar Chess Pie from State Street Pie Kitchen

Rating: 4/5

A pretty fine chess pie. A hint of vinegar lends a bit of tang to the filling and makes it not as sweet as you would think given its made with a good measure of brown sugar. Did I mention the melt in your mouth crust? DARN good. One of the best crusts I have scarfed down in a long time. 

Chocolate Chess Pie by Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Rating: 3.5/5

Ok so this is so not a chocolate chess pie, it’s a chocolate pudding pie. Not bad for a pudding pie and fans of chocolate pudding will enjoy it although the crust tastes like waxed paper. Just don’t go in expecting chocolate chess and you’ll do fine enough.

Chocolate Chess Pie from Petee's Pie Company

Rating: 4/5

Oh, bittersweet chocolate, what a good pie you make. Anyone who’s a sucker for a good melted- brownie-like pie will totally fall for this pie. Warm it up a bit in the oven and this not-too-sweet chocolate pie is a dream.

Strawberry Ruhbarb Pie from What's for Dessert?

Rating: 3/5

Top crust a bit hard but inside has natural flavor not watery or runny on the inside. Give it a go if you're a fan of rhubarb pies.