Pilot

4.5
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Pilot is a seasonal oyster bar aboard one of America's most prized wooden schooners.

Showcasing sustainably harvested oysters and nautically inspired cocktails, Pilot presents a concise menu of ingredient-driven seasonal plates by nationally acclaimed chef, Kerry Heffernan.

Over the course of Pilot's nearly 100 year history, she's led many lives: as a contender to be the fastest sailboat in the world, as the country's longest serving pilot ship, as a ferry for soldiers in World War II, and as a research vessel that circumnavigated the world twice.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
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Phone number
(917) 810-8550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kerry Heffernan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Atlantic Avenue
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Public transit
R to Court Street Station
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
89 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
22%
Good
8%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
New York Area
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

The Oyster and view is AMAZING. The portions are small for what you pay.

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w
New York Area
2.0
Dined 6 days ago

Service is absolutely terrible. Waiter repeatedly asked for our order, forgot our oysters (which weren't great when they came). We asked three times before our glasses of wine came. This is the second time I have dined at this place this summer with the same terrible service. Will not be returning again.

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OT
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The appetizer portions were very small and a bit overpriced, but very tasty. Overall, a nice experience with incredible views and wonderful summery, breezy atmosphere. Would recommend to come here for a drink and maybe a small bite, but for dinner only if its a special occasion.

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T
New York Area
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

A great spot for a nice summer day,
Great food and amazing view
The oysters were excellent!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Had a lovely outdoor meal. Got oysters and the P.O. boy. The P.O. boy was incredible and the ambiance was amazing.

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JK
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Really enjoyed our trip to Pilot. Just an amazing view - fun to eat on the schooner and the food was very good.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great dinner and workers

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Perfect weather for a day on the (docked) boat. Have already told friends and family to check it out

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JT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Delicious food, sweeping Downtown (and even Midtown) water, bridges and skyline views and good shade at many tables. And similar to its sister Grand Banks, a great ska/reggae/World soundtrack — it all comes with a price. 3 beers per person, 6 oysters, 2 apps, 2 small mains = $100/person including tip. You may leave a bit hungry, but it’s a satisfying experience guaranteed to thrill hardcore New Yorkers and visitors alike.

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ML
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

One humid day, early dinner at 4:30, no choice of other table. We sat right at the entrance. Everyone passed by us. Food portion was small, however, delicious. Really having good time ourselves.

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AD
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

I hosted a medium-sized dinner party at The Pilot, and it was really lovely. The table they reserved for us was perfect, and the service was very attentive and considerate. The wine list has very good reasonable-priced bottles, even two bubbly options. The food is very good and a lot of dishes were shareable. The weather held up and it was an absolutely beautiful night on the water. It would also be a great place for a date, a small group dinner, or a beer and snacks at the bar (which I've also done). I recommend The Pilot without reservation!

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KS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent dining experience by the same team that do Grand Banks in TriBeCa. For those familiar with Grand Banks, be aware that Pilot is “rockier” than Grand Banks. Not suitable for those prone to seasickness!

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ES
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Beautiful boat with excellent views. I live in the neighborhood and really want to see this place succeed, but the service was inconsistent last season and seems to be the same this year - had a very grumpy waitress followed by a really nice one after shift change.

Docked one star from the Overall rating because they require a $25/pp credit card guarantee for reservations. This is insulting to guests.

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JG
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Met some friends for dinner at Pilot. It was looking like rain and unfortunately, they have limited cover and were not able to give us seats under an awning (apparently they can't fully open the one at the bar). As a result, we ended up just having oysters & drinks and heading somewhere else for dinner. The oysters were good, tho a bit pricey. The food coming out all looked pretty good, but probably nothing special. I would go back when the weather was better! Our server couldn't have been sweeter, she was a gem for sure.

(Also, given the coming storm, the boat was super rocky so be aware if you don't deal well with that).

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WA
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Place is DOPE
Place is DOPE
Place is DOPE
Place is DOPE
Place is DOPE

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JG
Charleston
2.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Cool concept of dining on a boat but overall not worth the high price. Intial greeting from the male hostess wasn't super friendly. We sat at the bar waiting for the rest of our group to arrive. The price per drink wouldn't be so bad but drinks were terrible. The food was mediocre at best. Lobster roll was good but the rest was pretty bland. $300 for 3 people and we were still hungry when we left. Wouldn't go back.

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a
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Love that Pilot is back for a second season. Lovely boat to spend a couple of hours sipping champagne, eating oysters and gazing a the city. Only caution - don't go here if you get seasick. The boat does rock a lot when ferries/other boats go by. The servers and bartenders are super friendly and make you feel welcome.

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MG
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Best place to dine and drink and view the sunset and downtown skyline. Outstanding!

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AW
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

The food is just ok but the view and ambience are superb. An amazing place to eat based on location.

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RZ
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

I absolutely love Pilot for it's scenic views and different dining experience vs. eating at a regular restaurant. I ALWAYS make a reservation before I go simply to ensure I can get a seat (sometimes I take advantage of the reserved seat while other times, I end up sitting at the farmer's table or the bar). While the food is okay (the oysters, lobster roll, french fries are my favorites), this is not the place I go when I want a meal. I truly go here for a cocktail or two, a small bite, and the view. Nothing beats being on the water!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Awesome spot so long as you do not have any sensitivity to motion sickness

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DD
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Come for cocktails and oysters and a gorgeous view. Other food is only average and overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Hostess not very accommodating but the Manger was outstanding & took care of us immediately & our server Clara was exceptional!

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S
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We came to celebrate a birthday, I made a reservation a few days in advance, for fear of a long wait, but we showed up 15 minutes early and they had no trouble giving us a table immediately.

You definitely come for the views and oysters rather than their cooked meals, which aren't bad but aren't life changing either. The setting is incredible though - a sailboat docked on the East River with breathtaking views of Manhattan.

Do keep in mind that this is a boat on water so if you get seasick easily, or a bit past tipsy already, this is not the spot for you.

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A
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

great food, great drinks, great service -- can get windy at night, seeing as it is on a boat.

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

It must be early season, but the server brought us the wrong drink order twice. To us this reflected inexperience and communication breakdown between server and bar staff. We also waited for two salads for 1/2 hr. The manager seemed very pleasant and was responsive to our requests for service. I understand that there is a premium for location and novelty but overall there was very little value in our experience.

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LT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Nice water front restaurant on a old boat at Pier 6. In a walking distance from our place. Great to feel on the water and have a drink. Food is nothing special but it can support the drinks.

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J
New Orleans
2.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

One of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. Poor service, tiny portions, weak and unappealing cocktails. Only redeeming quality is that it’s on a boat.

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C
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Amazing view of sunset and Manhattan! Food is good and service is very pleasant. Great vibes on the boat .Highly recommended!

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OT
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Overall, I would recommend and come back. A great way to start the weekend with friends in town. You are paying for the ambiance and views, but you know that going in. Service could have been better, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt being open for only 2 days so far this summer. Took about 1hr between sitting down and getting my first drink. Worth the views and atmosphere. I’ll come back for a lobster roll and cocktail.

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OT
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

The place is very cool. Service is poor but they just opened and it seems the waiters are just figuring it out. However, tHe management staff did everything possible to make up for the service because they were accommodating and friendly. A must go in the summer!!!

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CS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on October 21, 2017

Really impressed with the food, the plating and the atmosphere. Didn't know Brooklyn had such a great restaurant - was a pleasant surprise. Everything was fresh, innovative and delicious. Really enjoyable. Will gladly recommend.

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m
London
5.0
Dined on October 14, 2017

Unparalleled location and view. Great service.

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AL
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on October 7, 2017

In from LA on vacation and met old friends at Pilot for a late lunch. Loved it! I had the Rose and lobster roll w/ pomme frites, delicious. But food aside - what a cool venue! We had beautiful weather and gentle waves for an authentic nautical experience.

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O
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on October 7, 2017

The ambiance is amazing. Very fun. Great for a brunch/date. Visit before they leave the pier.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on September 28, 2017

Amazing experience! Went for lunch with my son for his 7th birthday (he’s obsessed with boats) they made it so special for him!! Would love to go back !

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MM
Atlanta
3.0
Dined on September 24, 2017

We sampled the oysters and cocktails. The cocktails were excellent with the expected higher price based on the locale. The oysters were a little disappointing and weren't as fresh -- we actually left several of the dozen ordered. Service was lacking -- could use a little kindness. The music was amazing though! The vibe was great. Worth stopping in for a cocktail or two to enjoy the last few days of summer.

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Dallas
5.0
Dined on September 23, 2017

We truly enjoyed our dining experience this past weekend! Food & drinks were wonderful! Wish I could remember our server’s name because he was excellent! Arrived a few minutes early for our 7:15 reservation but ultimately had to wait around 45 minutes past the original reservation time. Staff was very apologetic and went above & beyond to accommodate us and seated us at the best seat of the house! Thank you staff for giving my family a wonderful experience!!!

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a
New York Area
4.0
Dined on September 23, 2017

Our meal started off with a long delay in receiving our drinks & food due to they being delivered to the wrong table. The manager was extremely gracious and apologetic, for which we were grateful. The food and cocktails were great. Would happily recommend.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on September 23, 2017

Great environment, had a lot of fun

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