March 14th, 3/14, is known amongst geometry geeks and applied-math majors as Pi Day. Why? Because 3, 1, and 4 are the most significant numerals of pi (π) or “a mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle’s circumference to its diameter.”
According to math-lore, there’s only one way to celebrate this momentous occasion. Eat pie! Not just sweet, flaky rounds. Pizza pie, hand pie, and humble pie all make the cut. Here are a few options to celebrate with.
Australian meat pie purveyor Pie Face has recently opened to much fanfare in Times Square. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is the perfect excuse. The fist-sized savories are best, but there’s also lemon, apple, and blueberry to be had.
If you want to go the pizza-pie route, make a trip to Hell’s Kitchen to sample Don Antonio by Starita. The shop is a collaboration between Kesté’s Roberto Caporuscio and his mentor Antonio Starita, which means Neapolitan pies in multiple iterations. Go full force with the trendy, fried Montanara pie.
Tribeca residents could stop by Bubby’s (as Lauren Shockey did the other day) for a slice, or you can grab a whoopie pie for an on-the-go homage. A call to Tribeca Treats this morning confirms that they’re stocking chocolate whoopie pies.
It’s gorgeous outside, which means there may be a wait to nab an alfresco lunchtime table. If you can spare the extra minutes, drop by Soho’s Cafe Gitane for a bit of warm air and a pot pie stuffed with salmon, spinach, and pine nuts. With a side of the exemplary avocado toast.
Mathieu Palombino’s newest venture, Bowery Diner, displays their pies in glass dessert cases because, well, this is technically a diner. But they do make ones that would put your high school hangout’s to shame. They’re served in flag-waving American flavors like sour cherry and apple — pie-flavored shakes are also a thing here. For a truly nerdy experience, figure out the diameter based on your slice … or not.