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New York City is made up of people from all over the world. The streets might be dirty, some argue it’s too loud, the cost is ridiculous, everyone moves too fast. But this collection of people and cultures is what makes this city so unique.

Most often, the food that is embraced is the comfort food from someone’s home. Because while it might not be the comfort items you and I grew up on, it was someone’s and with that comes a sense of love and sharing. Many times, these foods soon become our new comfort. It’s a beautiful cycle filled with pie.

Which leads us to Four Twenty Blackbird Pies. Owners and sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen, inspired by their grandmother’s pies, mother and aunts, started baking pies in their kitchen before opening the celebrated shop in Brooklyn. Mostly classics, which can rival any grandmother’s recipe, and some new flavours, like Salted Honey and Coffee Custard.

Tip: Get there early if you looking for a particular flavour. When they run out, they’re out.

On the edge of the Gowanus and Park Slope neighbourhoods.

There’s almost always a line. General rule of thumb: Order at the front and snag a spot at one of the communal tables.

Why order one when you can order three?

Salted Caramel Apple is my all-time favourite; it’s a slightly updated take on a classic.

Maybe three slices weren’t enough.


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