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As much as we love certain traditional Thanksgiving bakery goods, this year I want to bring something different.

Over the years I have bought from The Little Pie Company, Two Little Red Hens, Steve's Keylime, those little cupcakes from Melissa's, Veniero's pastries.

Would appreciate any suggestions - - Manhattan locations only.

Thx!

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  1. First Prize Pies?
    http://firstprizepies.com/shop.html

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    1. re: kathryn

      any testimonials out there?

      1. re: pbjluver

        I've only bought her pies in the summer so the flavors I had aren't on there, but the pies were very good and different from your usual selection (apple marzipan was a huge hit at a backyard grillout IIRC).

        See also:
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...

        1. re: pbjluver

          They serve her Apple pie at Farmacy in Brooklyn, and it was on the soggy side, without a lot of spice, or anything interesting in the way of flavor. Apples were slightly undercooked. The shop told me it just came in that day, and suggested that as the best example of her pies, but I have a feeling they're at least a little better direct from her mom's shop, Roni Sue's chocolates.

          Four and Twenty Blackbirds was far more enjoyable.

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          Roni-Sue's Chocolates
          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

      2. the place that used to be called not just rugelach has an awesome cranberry walnut pie. they're at greenmarkets. don't know their new name, sorry!

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        1. re: rose water

          Their new name is Francesca's Bakery, and they're at the 161st St/Grand Concourse greenmarket on Tuesdays. As of 8:30 this morning, they still had a few of their amazing cranberry walnut pies left (and a bunch of other great looking things).

          1. re: rose water

            And, by the way, their chocolate rugelach, filled with tons of walnuts, dark chocolate brownie-ish bits, and chocolate chips, is ridiculously delicious.

            1. re: rose water

              Have to say that this pie was an enormous disappointment. In contrast to the dense walnut and cranberry filling of years past, this had a beautiful facade, with a corn syrupy slushy inside. Boo.

          2. I got this in today's e-mail from apartmenttherapy.com's www.thekitchn.com (sic): Beyond Pumpkin Pie: 15 Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts. I want to try the cranberry curd bars, the cranberry cake, and the butterscotch and chocolate chess pies.

            http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/re...

            I've made the cranberry tart w/nut crust from Martha Stewart's Entertaining every year since 1982, and often creme caramel. I loathe, hate, and detest pumpkin pie, so this article was *made* for me.

            1. There's a hidden-away spot in Hells Kitchen called Les Tartes de Francoise; it's not even a formal storefront per se, but they have varied options from lemon cheesecake to rhubarb crumble.
              http://www.tartesnyc.com/

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              Les Tartes de Francoise
              623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

              1. How about the Crack Pie from Momofuku Milk Bar? It's like a pecan pie without pecans - too rich for some but I love it.

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                Momofuku Milk Bar
                251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003