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Nov 7, 2013 11:40 AM

Where to find great pumpkin pie?

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin pie. Who am I kidding, the pie is what I've always looked forward to the most during Thanksgiving dinner growing up.

That said, has anyone had any pumpkin pie recently, available in the city, that is worthy of praise? It could be from a restaurant or bakery, possibly know of any new bakeries that are starting to offer pumpkin pie seasonally?

P.S. I've had some decent ones in the past from Two Little Red Hens, Birdbath and Amy's Bread. Didn't find the pumpkin pie at Little Pie Co. to be very good.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Are you referring to their pumpkin nuage?

      1. re: zeeEats

        Yup, and it's like close to $100.

        By the way, I've always wondered why Lady M seems to attract a disproportionate percentage of Asian clientele. Is it simply b/c the original owner/founder is Japanese.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Yes, that's what I always assumed too. Perhaps the brand is well-known in Japan? I do find that the flavors and lightness of the desserts tend to appeal to Asians too, myself included.

          Do you know if they sell the pumpkin nuage by the slice at the store?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            my wife and her family love it. it's not too sweet or heavy, as most american desserts often are for them. plus, the perception is that it's very French, which many Koreans think of as the height of glamour and sophistication. definitely an unusually high percentage of asians there always.

            1. re: coasts

              Lady M definitely is spending too much on interior decorations.

              Should save all that money for their baked goods.

              [insert sarcasm here]

        2. Once Upon a Tart: quite good, real butter crust. Slightly firm filling.

          Grandaisy Bakery: more cream in the fill than above, nicely rendered.

          Haven't had either this year so comments reflect last year's tasting.

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          1. re: penthouse pup

            I do like Grandaisy/Sullivan Street Bakery's typical offerings, so perhaps I will try their pumpkin pie. Though I do normally like the filling to have more pumpkin than cream/milk.

            1. re: zeeEats

              I think it's nicely balanced and doesn't go too much in the creamy direction.

              1. re: penthouse pup

                Had the little pumpkin pie from Grandaisy today, which was almost like a tart. Love that it's personal-sized so that you get a ton of texture from the buttery graham cracker crust and I found the filling to be well balanced in flavor and not too wet.

                Thanks for the tip!

                1. re: zeeEats

                  Thanks for letting us know. Did they have larger sizes available (I recall that last year, you had to special order a large one for Thanksgiving.) NB--as sugartoof says below, Pain Quotidien's is also very good--spicier than Grandaisy's.

                  1. re: penthouse pup

                    I didn't see larger ones on display (at the UWS location) while I was there but saw some signs posted about pre-ordering full sized desserts for Thanksgiving. So I assume it's the same as last year as you said.

          2. The smith has a pumpkin pie in a jar dessert now, not traditional though.
            Last year we had a great one from four and twenty blackbirds, but that's brooklyn...bubby's should have pumpkin pie, call to check first though, its been a while but i remember a nice crust and generous size

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              I checked Four & Twenty's website and don't see any pumpkin pie listed on their fall menu.

              Thanks for the tip on the pumpkin dessert at The Smith. As much as I love plated pumpkin desserts (and will definitely consume a lot this season), I was hoping to just find a good old fashioned pie.

              1. re: zeeEats

                Hmm. The four and twenty we had at turkey day, maybe they just do it for special order closer to the holiday.....i've heard good things about the pumpkin at Baked, but again brooklyn...

            2. First Prize Pies has good pies but I haven't tried the pumpkin specifically. They do have a pumpkin spice listed on their site. Allison Kave is Roni-Sue of Roni-Sue Chocolates' daughter. Sweets must run in the family!

              1. Last year I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pumpkin pie at Le Pain Quotidian. Altho I've always loved pumpkin pie, my favorite is a good sweet potato pie.

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                1. re: GaryUES

                  The Le Pain Quotidian is pretty decent, a little light on the spicing, and pumpkiness, but that could be a plus for some, even though it was pretty one note for a whole pie. Not sure if they sell slices of it, but their pies in general are pretty decent.