It’s a fact: Long Islanders love pie. Flaky-crusted, cream-filled and covered in fruit. Farm-fresh aromatic blends are sweeping the Island, making pre-packaged goods a thing of the past. Make the holidays as delicious as they’ve ever been at five decadent Long Island pie shops.
Briermere Farms, Riverhead
Everyone who’s anyone knows about Briermere’s homemade flaky-crusted pies…and they have the lines to prove it. Briermere’s rustic farm stand, nestled along scenic Sound Ave., produces about 30 preserves grown right on premise, including hard-to-find specialties like gooseberry, elderberry and crabapple. But the classic apple and blueberry tend to steal the show or at least receive a standing ovation. Go.
Sweetie Pies, Cold Spring Harbor
Sweetie Pies is the place to meet. The charming café features apple crumb pies, mini pies and dark cherry tartlets that satisfy even the pickiest dessert connoisseurs. The homemade espresso and fresh-ground coffee are the cherry on top. Go.
Stolle Bakery & Café, Long Island City
Stolle pies can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From meat pies to spinach pies to potato pies, the European-style café challenges the sweet pastry stereotype with presentations a bit more hearty and savory. Don’t worry sweet tooths; dessert pies are for the purchasing, too. The cozy interior showcases wooden floors, benches, tables and warm lighting mixed with scents of lemon, raspberry and apricot wafting throughout the room. Go.
Petee’s Pie Company, New York
Petra “Petee” Paredez has pie-making in her blood. Her parents own the renowned Mom’s Apple Pie Company in Leesburg, Virginia where she used to pull all-nighters before Thanksgiving, learning production from her dad, marketing from her mom and how to concoct new recipes using produce grown on the family farm. Her efforts paid off and now as a proud owner she features standout flavors like cherry crumb, chocolate chess, blueberry and pecan. Go.
Buttercooky Bakery, Floral Park/Manhasset
Buttercooky knows how to keep Long Islanders coming back for more. Having been in the business since 1962, the shop’s recipe for success comes from an unwavering commitment to high-quality ingredients. The pies are in a league of their own, served as a lattice, crumbed, creamed or dripping in fruit. Locals rave about key lime pie with a classic graham cracker crust and the coconut cream pie dressed with whipped cream icing and coconut flakes. But save room for their traditional sweet potato pie—it will definitely be the talk of the Thanksgiving table. Go.