Monday, July 2, 2012

Pie Face Bakery Cafe: An Australian Eatery in Midtown

Italian sandwich
Mini chocolate pie
Iced espresso
(all photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
Word on the street is that Pie Face is planning an invasion of New York City. The cuisine of Australian meat pies is making its debut at the corner of Broadway and 53rd Streets and Pie Face expects to open more locations within the coming year.

It's sort of the funny that the street that was home to Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical 'Sweeney Todd' about a barber with the assist of the pie shop owner downstairs who turns his victims into meat pies.

The shop is a great idea. It serves savory pies that are portable for fast paced Manhattan. Customers can choose from a variety of fillings including BBQ pulled pork, Thai chicken curry, Tandoori vegetable and Philly cheese steak. The pastry itself is a wholesome and basic (flour, butter, milk powder, salt, baking powder). Who can resist a shop whose pies actually have faces.

Pie Face also offers sausage rolls, pastries, cakes, sandwiches and wraps. My appetite this afternoon was leaning towards their sandwiches and I ordered one comprised of Italian ciabatta, salami, pepperoni and Italian Ham ($6.89). It's grilled like a panini. To sample their sweet menu, I ordered the mini chocolate pie ($3.25) and an iced espresso coffee ($4.95). There's nothing pretentious about the food here other than to satisfy and for this afternoon this trio fit the bill. I would have to return again to try one of their meat pies.

Best of all in the city that never sleeps the location is open 24 hours. One would would think it's easy to find a meal past 11pm in Times Square but it's not that easy and Pie Face is a welcome resident to the area. Visit for more information.

Pie Face at the corner of Broadway and 53rd Street.
Selection of sandwiches and pies.
Pie Faces
How do you wake up??? Choose your coffee.
Sounds like a deal but I'll order it next time.


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