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Nov 14, 2012 08:14 AM

Best pumpkin pie + apple pie within 80 miles of Manhattan?

Looking for a top-notch bakery or farmstand to pick up Thanksgiving pies, especially pumpkin, apple, and apple crumb. Any recommendations in the Downstate NY/Lower Hudson Valley region that serve really outstanding, traditionally prepared pies worth driving out of one's way?

I'm willing to head as far north as the Poughkeepsie/New Paltz area and as far northwest as Monticello.

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  1. You're willing to drive 160 miles roundtrip for a pie?

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    1. re: rjbh20


      Not to mention, I have to head up to the Lower Hudson Valley next week anyway.

      So, do you have any recommendations?

      1. re: italianices

        Nothing I'd advocate driving that much for, although Briermere in Riverhead does good work.

    2. The Apple Pie Bakery at the CIA... but check the hours!
      Looks like they have pick up for pre-orders.

      The apple pie is outstanding.

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        Great, thanks! Really appreciate the tip.

        BTW, have you tried any of their other pies?

        1. re: italianices

          No, just the apple. But I hear that all the pies are quite good.
          I have a friend who attended school down the road from the CIA and went to the APB often.

      2. Great apple pie at Barton Orchards farm market on Noxon Road in Poughkeepsie. I just put in an order for a pumpkin pie today for Thanksgiving.

        1. For apple pie, Fraleigh's rose hill farm has the best IMO. Call first to see if they are still making them or better yet see if they have any uncooked pies left.
          Totally worth the trip!

          1. Not a farmstand but Galloways in Scarsdale. I don't know about the pumpkin pie because I've never tasted pumpkin pie in my life but the apple crumb pie is amazing. The apple pie is fantastic too, but oh that apple crumb...and they also have a chocolate cream pie which is fabulous. They have peculiar hours, so if you decide to go, call to find out when they are open and if they take pre-orders for Thanksgiving.

            69 Harney Road
            Scarsdale, NY 10583
            (914) 725-4074

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            1. re: valerie

              Love Galloways but they are usually open on the weekends. You can pre-order a variety of Thanksgiving goodies from Restaurant North in Armonk. We will be there on Weds 11/21 picking up a killer Apple Crumb Pie. But their other offerings are amazing as well!!!!

              1. re: MRS

                Although Galloways is usually open on the weekends only, they are definitely open for at least a day or 2 before Thanksgiving. I just can't remember if you have to pre-order.

                ETA: I just called Galloways because I was curious. The answering machine said that they are open on Wednesday, 11/21 from 7am to 7pm. They will have 9" pies in most flavors...pumpkin, apple, apple crumb, chocolate cream plus a few others that I didn't get and a host of other things. They do not, however, take is first come first served.