The best apple pie I’ve ever eaten was at The Blue Stove in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just off the Graham Avenue L train stop – and the mini-pie came with a red grosgrain ribbon around it, only making me fall in love with it more. The crust was flaky and buttery in all the right places, but also chewy and soft where it interacted with the perfectly cinnamon-sugary, yet sturdy apple chunks. The charming, 40’s-inspired bakery, true to its name with a beautiful (although understandably defunct) vintage blue stove serving as a counter space, has a surfeit of other enticing goodies in addition to its constantly revised pie offerings–the newest and most inventive of which is its apple, cheddar, bacon pie, packing a wonderful sweet and savory punch.
Another of its hits is the ranger cookie, chock-full of sweet milk chocolate, raisins and oats. It’s best to get one of these when they’re fresh out of the oven or to request the cookie to be heated, otherwise they can get a bit hard (the lovely girls working behind the counter will probably offer to heat anything not freshly baked before you get the chance to ask). Their double chocolate cookie, however, somehow remains the consistency of a perfectly half-cooked brownie over a number of hours, and its flavor is perfect: not too sweet, not too bitter. They also generally offer a chewy snickerdoodle.
The Blue Stove also excels at savory pastries, including phyllo dough-esque tarts stuffed with figs and goat cheese. My favorite of these, though, and the perfect morning bite is without a doubt their bacon and cheddar corn muffin, the top of which is sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper. The bakery also offers crusty quiches and pot pies.
The most regular pie options in addition to apple include key lime, sour cherry, molasses pecan, bittersweet chocolate mousse and pumpkin–each comes in a mini and a regular size which they sell by the slice (full pies are also available for purchase; it’s best to call in advance for these). They also offer mini chocolate bundt cakes and brownies donning either cream cheese frosting or chocolate frosting.
If you’re going on a weekend and plan to stay a while (they do have WiFi), be sure to go early! The small community table and several bar seats fill up quickly, and customers tend to linger given the $2 unlimited coffee, served in homey ceramic, mismatched mugs.
The Blue Stove
415 Graham Ave
(between Withers St & Jackson St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211