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Apple Pie (Westchester County)

Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 10:24 AM

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

  1. menton1 Apr 11, 2011 08:54 AM

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


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    1. re: menton1
      corky Apr 12, 2011 05:52 AM

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

      1. re: corky
        corky Apr 12, 2011 06:57 AM

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

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      fragnet Feb 24, 2011 08:40 AM

      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
        Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 24, 2011 09:42 AM

        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
          menton1 Apr 8, 2011 09:54 AM

          Fairway's Artisanal Apple Pie. Heavenly.

          1. re: menton1
            apples Apr 8, 2011 02:49 PM

            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

            Red Barn
            18 Kelsey Rd, Deposit, NY 13754

            1. re: apples
              Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 8, 2011 07:26 PM

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

            2. re: menton1
              Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 8, 2011 07:19 PM

              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
                menton1 Apr 9, 2011 08:52 AM

                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
                  Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 9, 2011 02:14 PM

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

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          Elisa515 Feb 23, 2011 08:11 PM

          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
            Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 24, 2011 04:22 AM

            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
              Elisa515 Feb 24, 2011 07:32 AM

              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
                Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 24, 2011 07:41 AM

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


                1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo
                  Elisa515 Feb 24, 2011 07:46 AM

                  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
                    corky Feb 24, 2011 08:47 AM

                    love the big W plug!!

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            rich51 Feb 23, 2011 04:21 PM

            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
              Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 05:43 PM

              THE FREEZER SECTION???!!!

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

              1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo
                rich51 Feb 23, 2011 06:52 PM

                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
                  Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 24, 2011 04:19 AM

                  Ok rich but you better be right about this

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              Bloombee Feb 23, 2011 12:42 PM

              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
                Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 02:49 PM

                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
                  Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 7, 2011 04:13 PM

                  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
                    Bloombee Apr 8, 2011 08:13 AM

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

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                cloverose Feb 23, 2011 12:22 PM

                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/

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

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                1. re: cloverose
                  Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 02:47 PM

                  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
                    therealdoctorlew Apr 11, 2011 09:44 AM

                    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
                      Ho_Nutha_Levoo Apr 11, 2011 10:04 AM

                      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.

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                    mr. f Feb 23, 2011 11:52 AM

                    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
                      Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 02:41 PM

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

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                      byramgirl Feb 23, 2011 11:04 AM

                      I like Stew Leonard's apple pie.

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                      1. re: byramgirl
                        Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 02:39 PM

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

                        1. re: Ho_Nutha_Levoo
                          iluvcookies Feb 23, 2011 05:10 PM

                          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
                            Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 23, 2011 05:58 PM

                            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
                              iluvcookies Feb 24, 2011 04:28 PM

                              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
                                Ho_Nutha_Levoo Feb 24, 2011 04:46 PM

                                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?

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