The Little Pie Company
407 W 14th St. (9th/10th ave)
424 W 43rd St. (9th/10th ave)
Also in Grand Central Terminal in the lower dining level concourse.
web site: http://www.littlepiecompany.com
Last week we got a nice surprise for Rachel’s birthday, a FEDEX shipment of two pies from the Little Pie Company in New York City.
I have to admit, I didn’t know who the Little Pie Company was, but apparently they’ve been on Rachel Ray and people are just absolutely ga-ga over them. Since 1985, the company has been baking its signature pies at their original 43rd street location, but they have since expanded to a second store on 14th and to a small shop in the Grand Central Terminal concourse. Within the last few years, they’ve also started selling a selection of their different pies mail order, which is how we got ours.
I have to say I was skeptical about these mail order pies. For starters, they are expensive. A single 10″ deep dish pie mailed FEDEX (your only option) is $56. Now, I will add that they do a very good job in packaging the pies to ensure they arrive fresh and in perfect condition — it comes in a specially designed corrugated box with a foam pouch (to absorb shock in transit) and a gel pack to keep the pie refrigerated.
A more economical (and sane) option would be to purchase the pies in the store — the same 10-inch deep dish pies are $19-$26, depending on the pie (The sour cream/apple is $26 and the pecan is $21.50). They’ve also got smaller versions of the pies available as well.
The 10-inch pecan pie.
I will admit that the pecan is one of the very best I’ve ever had. The pecan to glop ratio is just about perfect, and the glop filling has just the right amount of sweetness without being too cloying. The pate choux crust is also excellent.
The deep dish sour cream and apple walnut pie.
I liked the sour cream and apple walnut pie, but not as much as I liked the pecan. I see what they are trying to do here though — combine the best aspects of streusel/coffee cake with an apple pie. The apples are sliced thin, like in a Galette, and piled high. The streusel topping was great but the apple layers themselves were not as seasoned as i would like, I tend to prefer a more traditional apple pie filling where the apples are more cooked down and caramelized.