Behind The Scenes At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

[Photographs: Donny Tsang]

Editor's note: Please welcome Donny Tsang, whose camera will take you behind the scenes at some of our favorite spots in NYC. First up: Four & Twenty Blackbirds!

Just a little under a year old, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has become my favorite pie shop in the city. Ed praised their fruit pies, and they also made it to Kathy YL Chan's Top 5 New Dessert Spots of 2010. Their pies and shop feel comforting and personal.

Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Blackbirds kitchen while they were prepping pies for the next day. (It was very difficult not to drop the camera, grab the pies, and beat an escape!) They start prepping pies around 5:30pm and work into the night. The night that I went, they prepared 3 types of pies—cranberry sage, salted caramel apple, and black bottom oat.