Friday, April 3, 2009

Quest for the Best: Little Pie Company Review

Location: 424 West 43rd Street, NY, NY or in Grand Central Terminal

Website: Little Pie Company

Price: Mini 5-inch pies are $7.50

Atmosphere: Both locations are primarily grab ‘n go, though there is some seating at the 43rd Street location and a variety of seating options in Grand Central Terminal. But it’s best to get your pie to go so no one will judge you for eating the entire thing by yourself.

My Review: I love apple-based desserts, and tend to prefer my own homemade apple crisp to any other, but the Little Pie Company’s Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie comes in an unbelievably close second. They use tart Granny Smith apples, sliced paper thin, mixed with sour cream, and while I’m not entirely sure what the sour cream accomplishes, I can’t argue with the delicious results. Rather than being covered with a traditional pie crust, a crumbly topping of brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnut is used, which results in heaven on a fork. I prefer my apple pies heated, and after a quick turn in the microwave, the sugary topping melts a bit, creating an incredible hot, gooey, tart treat that may actually surpass my own creation on days when I’m feeling humble.

Among the Little Pie Company’s other offerings is the Mississippi Mud Pie, which could put even the biggest chocoholic into a chocolate coma. It’s essentially a large brownie made with three different types of chocolate, baked into a chocolate cookie crust, and topped with a chocolate glaze. Delicious, yes, but teetering on the edge of almost being too rich; a few bites and you simply can’t eat any more…for about two days. The Little Pie Company actually suggests serving it with whipped cream, and I think I got diabetes just thinking about that.

Bottom Line: Even the most casual fan of pie could be turned into a convert after a trip to the Little Pie Company; I consider myself more of a cake person, but I make an exception for LPC. The Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many, many desserts over the years. With other menu options like Old Fashioned Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Southern Pecan Pie, there’s no need to wait until Thanksgiving to get your next pie fix (and these are probably way better than what Aunt Helen brings anyway).

1 comment:

  1. Their Carrot Cake Cupcake (sans raisins) was also a winner. Mmm...carrot cake.