Little Pie Company

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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. 

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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. 

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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). 

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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. 

F Monteleone Bakery

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The next place on my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge off Gothamist’s list is F Monteleone Bakery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

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This classic, family run Italian bakery has just about every baked good you would expect, and some you may not even know about. I’m not very good when there’s too much variety, I get pretty overwhelmed. And there is a lot of variety here.

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From cookies, to classic Italian treats like cannoli and gelato, to cakes and tarts, this bakery has it all. So, I took a deep breath, asked for a couple suggestions, and went with some classics from a few different categories.

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First, I had to go for a cannoli. The outside tube had a slight crispness to it and almost a savory quality. Inside, the filling was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Then, I tried their raspberry tartlet. This little tart had a buttery, cookie like crust with a creamy and subtly sweet custard. The raspberries add a bit of tartness and freshness to the dessert. 

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Finally, I had a Pignoli. This was probably my favorite out of the three. The cookie exudes an almond flavor, crisp around the edges and soft and chewy on the inside, and toped with pine nuts. 

The Shorts:
Name: F Monteleone Bakery
Location: 355 Court Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If I’m in the neighborhood, without a doubt.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It’s a great classic Italian bakery with really affordable treats.