7. Best Supermarket Pie: Citarella ($11.95)
Of the three supermarket pies we tried, Citarella fared the best, placing seventh overall. It's got a "pretty good filling, well-proportioned to the crust" and "super-smooth"; some found it a little "too cinnamony" and others "too sweet," but if you're grabbing a last-minute pie from the grocery store, this is the way to go.
6. Baked ($25)
While the wheat-oat crust, which some called “delicious, vanilla-dark-sugary” and others just called “gritty,” wasn’t for everyone, many tasters were fond of the “mild pumpkin flavor,” one actually proclaiming this pie “perfect.” Not super-pumpkiny, but totally pleasing.
5. For Graham Cracker Fans: Birdbath and City Bakery ($40)
This was the most polarizing pie of the lot, with some loving its "soft custardy innards" and "hints of nutmeg," some thinking it was "too loose"; some loved the "nutty, crumbly, sweet" graham cracker crust, others declared it "not a pie crust." That said, those who loved it, really loved it.
4. Like It Boozy? Two Little Red Hens ($29)
There's more than a hint of liquor in this guy, which some loved and others thought overpowering. What people did agree on? Liking the crust ("perfect," "clearly came from a serious bakery") and the "silky pie texture." We weren't surprised that Two Little Red Hens, one of our very favorite bakeries, scored in the top 5.
3. Most Pumpkiny Filling: Grandaisy ($24)
"Great creamy pumpkin flavor!" "This is by far the most flavorful filling." Almost all our tasters were enthusiastic about Grandaisy's super-pumpkiny pie filling, though they were a little more divided on the crust—some proclaiming it "amazing," some calling it "too overpowering."
2. The Surprise Contender: Hill Country Chicken ($40)
"Mom, did you enter the contest? This is what I grew up eating," wrote one taster. It's only a few months old, but fried chicken joint Hill Country Chicken turned out a delicious pumpkin pie that scored short of first place by just a few hundredths of a point. "Good balance of spice," "great texture," "buttery crust." The verdict from more than one? "I would buy this."
1. And the Winner: Yura on Madison ($25)
Their blueberry pie is just about our favorite pie in New York, so we weren't at all surprised that Yura on Madison took first place. The crust had a "great buttery flaky texture, nutty and balanced"; the "pumpkiny, straightforward" filling won high marks, too. "This is the best, for sure," wrote one happy taster.