Little Pie Company


Well, it’s National Cherry Pie Day. Yup, it’s a holiday, and I’m celebrating. So, when it came to figuring out where to partake in such an auspicious occasion, I figured I’d go to Little Pie Company in Hells Kitchen. 


Since 1985, they bake everything right there in the shop from scratch, using the finest and freshest ingredients. Which also leads to an amazing, wafting pie smell on the street outside. Not a bad way to lure people in. 


They also have some other baked goods, but really specializing in their pies. They have full sized, mini-sized and by the slice (insider tip: if you’re just wanting a slice, and you’re particular about the flavor, you might want to call before visiting since they only cut up three different pies per day at random). 


Well, of course I had their Monmorency Cherry Pie (Monmorency Cherries, lattice crust), and since they weren’t cutting it by the slice, I went for the mini 5-incher (which is pretty much an individual serving for me anyway). You can eat it as-is, but if you’re heading somewhere with an oven, they recommend serving it warm. I took their direction, and it was delightful. It has a really nice buttery crust, soft and slightly crisp on the outside. Since the pie has a lattice crust, it really leaves most of the room here for the cherries, which, I’m certainly not complaining. They’re plump and juicy, a bit tart but mostly sweet, a really delicious combination with the buttery richness of the crust.  

The Shorts:
Name: Little Pie Company
Location: 424 West 43 Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? National Pi day is just around the corner, I may just have to celebrate here again for that.
Would I recommend it? Yes, they have a number of amazing flavors, and if you can’t make it to the store, they also ship online. 


Gotham West Market


This is not your ordinary food court. In fact, I’m sure they’d be pissed I even used that phrase. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, this market houses 8 of some of New York City’s best food joints, all in one spot. Whether you’re on a lunch break, need a coffee pick-me-up, or getting some grocery items, you can do it all right here. Each restaurant has it’s own counter seating, but, you can also settle up at some of the communal benched tables in a couple areas of the market.


Blue Bottle Coffee


The Brooklyn Kitchen has a specialty grocery and also offers a cooking school where you can take classes right there.


The Cannibal has a menu of market-driven charcuterie, small plates, beer and cocktails.


El Colmado is a classic Spanish tapas bar.


Genuine Roadside serves classic American roadside stand fare, wine, beer and a signature draft cocktail.


And, they have a really cool, retro condiment counter.


Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop serves handcrafted sandwiches.


Little Chef serves a farm-to-table menu of sandwiches from Saltie in Brooklyn, soups, salads, and more.


Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop serves classic ramen, mazemen, rice bowls and more.


And, just in case you need any little goodies to-go, there’s a stand hosting some packaged goods and kitchenware.


The Shorts:
Name: Gotham West Market 
Location: 600 11th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. There are so many great places to try under one roof.
Would I recommend it? Yes. And, since a few of these places are serving small plates, you can almost go on a mini food tour!