Pies are a matter of great importance to those of us at Serious Eats—and they're a mighty tough thing to get right. Crusts can be too tough, or not flaky enough, or underbaked or undersalted or they can suffer any of a dozen other ailments. Fillings can be too runny or too gummy or too sweet; once you add in any kind of custard or cream, things get even more unpredictable.
But taste test after taste test, there have been some shops that nearly always emerge as top contenders—making excellent pies no matter the season, no matter the filling. So come meet our favorite 5 pie bakers in New York. (And one honorable mention!)