10 NYC Treats to Order for This Thanksgiving
Have you ordered your turkey yet? We hope so -- last week, we recommended a number of places that sell local, sustainable birds, but many of those vendors were on the way to selling out. And assuming you have the poultry under control (or aren't responsible for roasting the fowl), it's time to start thinking about sides. And if you're short on time -- or lacking in kitchen space -- we've rounded up treats from 10 different spots in NYC that make good additions to the Thanksgiving table.
The Baking Bean via Facebook The Baking Bean's apple pie with salted caramel sauce
Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie ($30), Little Pie Company, 424 West 43rd Street
Little Pie Company
Giving this staple pie a sour cream twist isn't the newest trick, but it's enough to lure devotees to Little Pie Company's spartan store, a favorite in Hells Kitchen since 1985. The dairy doesn't just lend creamy tartness; it also adds a luxe heft to intricate, swollen layers of slivered Granny Smith apples, walnut streusel, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pre-order as early as you can -- these go fast.
Pumpkin and Cranberry Tart ($38), Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring Street
Courtesy Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel's Willy Wonka-esque objets d'art -- cronuts, magic souffle, etc. -- have achieved celebrity status, and it's a shame that some of his other cakes and tarts don't share the limelight. The Daniel alum has been known to put haute twists on American classics, and so we strongly encourage you to opt out of his traditional pumpkin pie for his pumpkin cranberry tart, which is lighter than its traditional counterpart. The cranberry adds a tart twang to the rich pumpkin mousse, and the filling is highlighted by a dense, buttery shortbread crust in lieu of Graham cracker -- stylistically French and characteristically Ansel.
Chocolate Pecan Pie ($32), Two Little Red Hens, 1652 Second Avenue
Two Little Red Hens via Facebook
This storied UES establishment is designed as quaintly as the name suggests -- a tiny, warmly-lit storefront space centers on a large display of cakes, cupcakes, and pies laid out on tiered wire-racks. And the chocolate pecan pie ($5 per slice, $32 for a whole pie), a Southern staple available all-year round, sells out every morning within hours of the store's opening. Each bite of the revered pie is texturally astounding: Crisp, chunky pecans are wreathed in a buttery filling. Generous nuggets of slightly-melted Callebaut bittersweet chocolate seal the deal, elevating this pie to a level that will convert even the snobbiest pecan purists. If the shop does sell out, consider the pumpkin cheesecake ($5, $32 for a whole cake), which is rich, fluffy, and nutty. And again, plan ahead: Sunday, November 20 is the last day to send in your order for Thanksgiving week.