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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:12 PM

The government may have thought it was just closing an obviously unintended loophole in the tax laws by extending VAT (value added tax) which is charged on hot, fresh food to pies. Pies had previously avoided the tax, as best I understand it, because they were left to cool after being baked.

This has launched, of course, a storm of protest. Pork pies, pasties and sausage rolls are beloved icons of Britishness, and politicians meddle with them at their peril.

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#2 AaronS

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:28 PM

I ate a lot of pie in new zealand and have been generally disappointed with the ones in new york. is there anywhere here you can recommend? the only one I've had that I liked was the pork pie at allswell.

#3 Wilfrid

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

Yes, you can buy British-style meat pies at Myers of Keswick in the West Village. Tuck Shop - various branches - brings you the Aussie pie experience, with traditional and unusual fillings, although their sausage roll - which I like - is unconventional; sweet, herby and peppery.

Eight Mile Creek in SoHo used to have a mini-pie platter on the lunch menu, but I haven't been there in a while.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

I don't like the tuck shop pies. I'll try the place in the village. DUB does OK NZ style pies but I'm never over there and it's overpriced.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

There's also DUB Pies in Brooklyn and Pie Face in Midtown--both Aussie-style.
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#6 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:02 PM

You miss the best part of pie-gate - Cameron trying to prove his "everyman" bona fides by discussing his pie eating habits, and the ensuing "investigative journalism"
Why not mayo?

#7 AaronS

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:03 PM

There's also DUB Pies in Brooklyn and Pie Face in Midtown--both Aussie-style.

DUB offers a mince n cheese pie, which I think is NZ style. they also sell lammingtons. maybe it's pan-antipodean?

I'll try the midtown place too.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:48 PM

Hilarious. "I too am a pasty eater." This is the same week one of his former ministers has been criticizing him for being an out of touch "toff."

"There is nothing I like better than a meat pie wi' chips and a nice pint o' mild," said Old Etonian David Cameron, tugging at his braces. "Pass me a ferret."

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

Hilarious. "I too am a pasty eater." This is the same week one of his former ministers has been criticizing him for being an out of touch "toff."

"There is nothing I like better than a meat pie wi' chips and a nice pint o' mild," said Old Etonian David Cameron, tugging at his braces. "Pass me a ferret."

It turns out where he last claims to have eaten a pie is not where a man of the people should be finding his pasties.
Why not mayo?

#10 AaronS

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:25 AM

I thought the pies at the place on broadway were awful, the crust was dry and the meal was at the level of bad fast food.

the DUB pies I had recently weren't as good as I remembered them being, but I'll probably have them again if I'm in the area.

I also had some at allswell that I really, really liked. rich buttery crust, nice pork, etc. wish they made a mince n cheese.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:49 PM

Broadway? Which one is that?

There's a pork pie at the Beer Authority bar in the Port Authority, but I haven't got around to trying it yet.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 04:08 PM

it's an austrailian chain called pie face. the ny location is at 53rd & broadway. StephanieL mentions it up thread.