Here’s the thing about Thanksgiving: While turkey gets all the glory, everyone knows the real star of the show is the pie. Pie is the perfect finish to an indulgent meal, an almost certain crowd pleaser that’s easily adaptable to the myriad of dietary restrictions and preferences gathered at the table. Which means, whether you’re the host or a guest, providing the pie is a hefty responsibility, one that’s worthy of serious attention.
Through the years here at Edible Brooklyn, we’ve tried our hands at baking every type of pie we could imagine, taken on the great pie crust debate, and did our best to help you navigate the waters of making a gluten-free crust and preparing an entire seasonal meal. And of course we’ve mapped out the plethora of pie shops available locally before. So trust us when we say: These are the latest and greatest Brooklyn bakeries to snag this year’s Thanksgiving pie from.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 3rd Ave., Gowanus
634 Dean St., Prospect Heights
Last day to order: Saturday, November 23 (They are only accepting a limited number of pre-orders, so act fast!)
Go for: Salty Honey or Salted Caramel Apple
There’s something truly extraordinary about Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the decade-old, sisters-run shop that focuses their talents exclusively on pies. It’s nearly impossible to choose between their four Thanksgiving offerings—bittersweet chocolate pecan, brown butter pumpkin, salted caramel apple and salty honey—so if grabbing one of each is a too excessive, the salty honey is a unique choice and a sure-win.
Petee’s Pie Company
505 Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill
Last day to order: Sunday, November 24
Go for: Maple Whiskey Walnut, Nesselrode or NY Sour Cherry
Though Petee’s Pie hasn’t been around forever, it’s made quite a name for itself since its first location opened on the Lower East Side in 2014. Last year, they made the move to Brooklyn, giving more of us access to their extensive menu, which includes over a dozen Thanksgiving selections, including gluten-free and vegan options.
31 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
210 Flatbush Ave., Park Slope
43 N. 5th St., Williamsburg
Last day to order: Monday, November 25 (Note: Greenpoint and Williamsburg are the only locations open for Thanksgiving Day pickups)
Go for: Caramel Pumpkin or Black Bottom Pecan
Ovenly has long been known for their “mmmission,” a “radical responsibility” to provide not only “your daily moment of joy,” but also a wider duty to serve the community as well, making their decadent desserts all the more delicious. This year, they’ve linked up with Food52’s baking-consultant-at-large Erin Jeanne McDowell to create two traditional holiday pies, with special twists: a caramel pumpkin and a black (chocolate) bottom pecan.
70 7th Ave., Park Slope
Last day to order: Tuesday, November 26
Go for: Cranberry-Pear Crumb
If fruit pies are your thing, then Cousin John’s is the way to go; options range from apple to peach to blueberry to mixed berry. This family-owned neighborhood spot’s selections are extremely reasonably priced, with each of their 16 pies selling for less than $30. And if you’re looking to expand your Thanksgiving dessert horizons beyond pie this year, they’re also offering pumpkin and cappuccino cheesecakes.
Pels Pie Co
446 Rogers Ave., Prospect Lefferts Garden
Last day to order: Wednesday, November 27
Go for: Sweet Potato Marshmallow
At Pels, a PLG favorite since 2015, you’ll find classic pie flavors with “experimental” twists, like black bottom pumpkin and vegan berry. If you have a moment to relax when you pick up your goodies, take a moment to indulge and recharge in the cozy and welcoming space with a cup of coffee or tea—and maybe a slice of pie to kick off the holiday festivities.