It's just days before Thanksgiving—do you know where your holiday pie's coming from? If not, there may be no pie for you, at least not from Brooklyn's best bakeries. Sweet spots like The Blue Stove in Williamsburg and Ladybird in Park Slope took their last Thanksgiving orders over the weekend, and while you might score a stray unreserved pie, you also might not.
But you still have a shot at the hound-certified pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Gowanus, which is selling some on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day—first come, first served, Miss Needle reports. Last year the lines started forming outside by 6 a.m., two hours before the bakery opens, so set your alarm and fill a thermos with coffee. The early bird gets the salted caramel–apple pie.
Another last-minute option is Brancaccio's Food Shop in Windsor Terrace. In addition to excellent, homey takeout, it makes fantastic apple and pumpkin pies, says natashapea. Holiday orders are closed, but there'll be a few pies for sale Wednesday. Call right away to reserve one.
Procrastinating pie-lovers might also luck out Wednesday at the Windsor Terrace Greenmarket, where Amy Mintzer says upstate bakery Bread Alone sells great pies. "Crust is bready but we like it," she adds, "and the fruit fillings are terrific."
Finally, phantomdoc shares a sleeper pick, Del Rio Diner in Gravesend, whose cream pies and cakes are "over-the-top rich" and sold whole to go. The doc's prescription: "Go in advance and try a few slices."
Four & Twenty Blackbirds [Gowanus]
439 Third Avenue (at Eighth Street), Brooklyn
Brancaccio's Food Shop [Windsor Terrace]
3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway (between E. Second and Third streets), Brooklyn
Windsor Terrace Greenmarket [Windsor Terrace]
Prospect Park West and 15th Street, Brooklyn
No phone available
Del Rio Diner [Gravesend]
166 Kings Highway (between W. 12th and 13th streets), Brooklyn