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Apple Pie (Westchester County)

Where can I get a good apple pie, close to homemade? Nice crust, and no canned apples, which a surpising number of bakeries use to save time.

Here's what I've had:

Boiano - Mamaroneck
Farmer's Market - Armonk/Rye/Larchmont (I forget which vendor, it might have been Orchards)
Galloway - Eastchester
Topps - Bronxville
Pastry Center - Scarsdale
Turco's/Morton Williams - Central Ave, haven't tried the Yorktown version if it's any different
Stop and Shop
Shop Rite
McDonald's/Burger King
Mrs. Smith's - Available at fine retail freezers

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  1. I like Stew Leonard's apple pie.

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    1. re: byramgirl

      Is it more than just a step above supermarket pie (high end or otherwise)?

      1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

        I also like Stew's apple pie. I don't know if the apples are fresh or not, but they keep their shape and taste better than Shoprite's. The Dutch Apple is my particular favorite--the apples aren't too sweet but the topping is.
        Do you like the pie at Galloway's? I'm a fan of their apple turnovers.

        1. re: iluvcookies

          It's the only kind I've tried there and was decent. My research suggests that chocolate and banana cremes are their specialty.

          The apple pies I've had fall into 4 categories: homemade, bakery, supermarket room temperature, and frozen. I've had very few from a bakery or restaurant/cafe that taste homemade but that's what my search is for. I'd expect Stew's to be better than most supermarkets' (even Whole Foods and Fairway).

          1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

            The Apple Pie Bakery at the CIA in Hyde Park is probably the best you can get... not in Westchester but about an hour's drive. Have you ever tried this? It is Apple Nirvana.

            1. re: iluvcookies

              I've never had the privilege but knowing their reputation and several graduates I can believe it's the best. If only they opened a retail shop further south. Any other ideas?

    2. I am very fond of the apple pie at Cherry Lawn on the corner of Quaker Ridge Road and Weaver Street.

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      1. re: mr. f

        They're expensive, but from seeing the selection the last time I was there you're probably right.

      2. I see you have the Orchards of Concklin on your list. They do a variety of Farmer's markets, including Irvington and the ones on your list. Their pies are homemade. I haven't had the apple (-- how was it?), but I love love love the sweet potato pie. Here's their website to check which markets they'll be at ... http://www.theorchardsofconcklin.com/

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        The Orchards of Concklin
        2 S Mountain Rd, Pomona, NY 10970

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        1. re: cloverose

          It was good, so was the price and the size (they have small and large). As you can see this is one food item I'm terribly picky about.

          1. re: cloverose

            Orchard's pies are good. The fillings are excellent and the crust is better than acceptable. I've had many varieties of their pies, including apple, and all are well made. (The crust made by Briermere's way out on Long Island is better, but they don't distribute beyond their own place.)

            1. re: therealdoctorlew

              Assuming I wasn't just lucky once with a good batch, Riviera's is the new pie to beat. Orchard's is good though and the most convenient when the farmers markets are open.

          2. I like Rivieria Bakehouse's (in Ardsley) apple pie quite a bit - fairly certain they do not use canned fillings or preservatives

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            1. re: Bloombee

              Riviera has been on my list to visit for quite some time, for whatever reason I never go when I'm in Ardsley.

              1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                Ok, we have a winner. Got one for $13, a "small" (regular to large size anywhere else). You're right about the filling Bloombee. The high crust scared me initially, almost like an Indian poori bread. I should've gone here right away, despite the distance.

                1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                  Glad you like it! I am also a big fan of their savory tarts

            2. The vermont mystic pie co. makes both apple and blueberry/apple pies. the filling is very good and the apples are still "crisp". the crust (imho) is as good as most homemade pies.whole foods and a&p at different times carried them, also zabars. it is in the freezer section in a very bright red and yellow box (primarily). i tried their website (quickly) and did not see who carries it but you might

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              1. re: rich51

                THE FREEZER SECTION???!!!

                (I was kidding about the Mrs. Smiths by the way)

                1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                  if you ever see it and try it i would (sorry i won't actually) give you a money back guarantee. they are run by a spinoff or really former ben and jerry employee. check their website at least , and i will still put it up against most homemade, i really thinkk the crust is that good, as is the filling

                  1. re: rich51

                    Ok rich but you better be right about this

              2. Salingers Orchards will sell you an apple pie before it's baked (they also sell baked ones)--the apples are completely fresh and piled up high before they cook down in the baking.

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                1. re: Elisa515

                  Brewster, hmmmm. It's a drive, but maybe one day. I've been apple picking up in/near Putnam just not lately. Your recommendation is pretty compelling though.

                  1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                    You should probably call before you make the trip--the orchard is open year round, but I'm not sure if they regularly prepare the pies this way outside of the high Fall season. I bet with a heads up, though, you could arrange something--and take home a lot of great apples and cider, too.

                    1. re: Elisa515

                      Yep, the last thing any of us need is a Griswold-style Wally World moment. The website's advice is similar:

                      http://www.salingersorchard.com/baker...

                      1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                        I should say, the place is actually very convenient to get to, a short drive from Exit 8 of I-684.

                        You could combine going there with a trip to Big W bbq a bit further north.

                        1. re: Elisa515

                          love the big W plug!!

                2. If you REALLY love apple pie, you should just learn to make your own. Its not that difficult and the results will be far better then anything you can buy, even the "homemade" ones. If making pie crust intimidates you, a good frozen crust with fresh apples and spices will be better than anything you can buy. I love how you included Mc Donald's on your list of those you've tried.

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                  1. re: fragnet

                    Elisa and corky: I do want to try Big W and Salingers but it's far, being close to that part of 684 and 22 is still far.

                    fragnet: I'm way too lazy to bake, you're right though it's the best way to guarantee a devoted preparation. Most commercial establishments have the skill but get so busy that it's just assembly line fare.

                    1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                      Fairway's Artisanal Apple Pie. Heavenly.

                      1. re: menton1

                        The Chappaqua Farmers market has some one selling only apple pies and they are extremely tasty. ALso, MT Kisco Seafood carries apple Pies from a local orchard, I think it may be called the Red Barn or something...excellent
                        Susan Lawrence in CHappaqua is good too

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                        Red Barn
                        18 Kelsey Rd, Deposit, NY 13754

                        1. re: apples

                          I almost bought one the last time I was at Fairway and might still, but Riviera's is tough to beat.

                        2. re: menton1

                          Orchards of Conklin sells at many of the community farmers markets, there's one or two other bakeries/growers further north that do also. Mount Kisco's parking meters keep me away, but Chappaqua isn't bad, that Susan Lawrence sounds like a place I should check out.

                          1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo

                            The one at Fairway in a box called "Artisanal" looks as good as it tastes! Thin slices of apples artistically arranged, not too cloyingly sweet, just right. Great apple pie! We are so lucky to have Fairway...

                            1. re: menton1

                              Ok, I might be there in the next few weeks and will pick one up.....

                    2. Funny, a blurb in the NYTimes yesterday lauding the apple pies at Salinger's in Brewster. Anybody been there?

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/nyr...

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                      1. re: menton1

                        really worth it...the pies are the size of mountains

                        1. re: corky

                          and... outhouse orchard is only a mile from the exit on 684...try both of them