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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.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Oyster Bar, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
3pm-12am Monday - Friday
11am-12am Saturday and Sunday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
R to Court Street Station
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
Pilot Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!!!
A friend had raved about the Pilot so we went for cocktails and a light dinner.
Cocktails were so-so. All the food was tepid (things that should be cold (like oysters) were not; things that should be warm (chowder, French fries) were also not.
The amount of soft shell crab on the po' boy was minuscule.
But, the views are great and the design onboard is top notch.
I would go back again (but would probably stick with a glass of wine instead of trying another house cocktail) and would plan to eat elsewhere.
Everyone was very friendly however.
The view and the concept are what are most attractive about Pilot. Was waaay overpriced, and I am not adverse to that if it is worth it. Food was NOT good. Their specialty drinks were not so special. Live local, but don't think I will be a frequent customer.
My biggest complaint is that you hear metal creaking throughout the whole meal. We were seated right at the entrance (even though there were many more seats open) and it was distracting at times.
The boat does rock.
Definitely on the pricier side - definitely partly paying for the experience.
Beautiful setting, it makes you feel like you're on vacation and the view is amazing! I booked a a table, but the view from the oyster bar is much better. I liked the Wellfleet oysters the best, was somewhat disappointed with the scallop ceviche (too salty!) and the burrata croutons, as the bread was a bit stale not crunchy. They could do a lot better! Still worth the hike though.
The view can't be beat. The boat DOES ROCK quite a lot. I felt seasick when we first got on, but eventually it subsided. The food is good but not amazing for the price. But what you're really paying for is the fantastic view and ambiance. This is a place I would take an out of town friend or family member, or a date.
Pilot was... okay. The food was not good but it is very pretty if that's your thing. The service also wasn't that great. Things took forever to come out. To top it all off, I got seasick and when I told the waitress that we needed to leave because of that, she still took about 15 minutes to bring and run our checks even though we clearly needed out. I won't be back.
As per many other reviews, it is a great concept and very photogenic spot. The boat is unique and it's nice to do something different like this every now and then. But the food sucks. And that's a shame. The server was nice but they brought out our apps and all items at once- so no regard to the actually progress of our meal. Should be better
Great venue, OK but expensive food and some noteworthy management missteps.
Venue: This restaurant is on what i think is a schooner. 2 bars and tables on deck in between. Forward bar also serves food and that's where i sat.
Given the fact that it is in a park, liquor license is limited and hard alcohol selections are few - but mixed drinks are creatively done @$15/each. The vodka drink and gin drink were not strong, but were flavorful.
For food, it is tasty and well prepared, but given galley size, selection is limited. Pricing however is not. Had 2 oysters @$4 which had great flavor (but given the price...was hoping for a pearl). Then had 4 scallops - somewhere between quarter and Susanne B Anthony coin size at $6.50 a scallop (on a small bed of succotash) and a crab po'boy which was good just not large enough to fill the bun. Again - acceptable given the wonderful venue.
Where I had a problem is with management. OK, new restaurant (open 2 weeks) and it has growing pains. When it took longer to pay than to eat (credit card machine was down) - I would have expected management to come by and give an update, a pleasantry or - after 20 minutes, maybe a free drink. Management never came over. I had to chase her down and pay cash ($96 for 2 plates and 2 drinks) and even at that point, there were a noticeable lack of pleasantries or apologies.
I realize a bad night can happen and it is certainly not in Pilot's interest to make paying (and thus turning the table over for the next patron) difficult - just when you charge top-dollar - a little courtesy goes a long way when things begin to fail
Extremely disappointed and overall awful experience. The service (you can't even call it service) was nonexistent. The servers were drinking, chatting amongst themselves and leaving tables sit for 45 min at a time. It took 30 minutes to get a cocktail and another 40 for the server to get our check. Pilot was not packed and the servers were not overwhelmed in any capacity. The food was just terrible. Stay away from the lobster roll it was one of the most bland tasting things I've ever eaten. The drinks tasted like water bc they say so long before being brought over. The only decent thing about Pilot is the view. Avoid this place...what a bummer. Pilot do better!
The atmosphere is great, but the staff was a mess. We never saw a server for 20 minutes of sitting so we left without trying any food. The menu was pricy for what they were serving for food. The boat is nice, the view is fantastic, but I would only recommend this for a drink before an actual meal somewhere else.
The setting is drop dead gorgeous. Go for the views and to be on a boat. The food was good but it isn't why you'd go to Pilot. Service was friendly but a bit off. Oysters arrived at the table after the entrees. Server said it was because they came from different places on the boat. Ok, then maybe time when you put the orders in? Oysters should arrive before the entrees. Other quibble is with the Trinidad Sour which is a magical concoction using a copious amount of bitters. The one at Pilot has a decent sprinklings bitters on top but wasn't the core of the drink. Drink was tasty enough but it wasn't a Trinidad Sour. I'd definitely go back but I'd have oysters and wine at the bar, enjoy being on a boat, and then head elsewhere for dinner.
After a recommendation from a friend, we checked this place out on a Wednesday. We went earlier in the evening before it got really busy so we could catch some sun, and avoid the crowd. But honestly, when the crowd arrived right around the sunset, everyone was very chill and not rowdy at all. Bon Appetit Magazine happened to be there doing a little shoot and interviewing the owner, I believe. Lovely staff, and very helpful when it comes time to order oysters. I cannot wait to return!
Horrible service. Mediocre food quality. Very expensive of you look at the portions (calamari was served with only 2 pieces in it and plenty of arugula for $19). Even the waiter could not find the calamari in between the leaves... ridiculous. Do not recommend and will not come back.
The bartender took extremely long to make two drinks that each required about 3-4 ingredients. After my friend and I received the drinks after waiting for so long it was horrible and filled with ice like a snow cone. On top of that they were $15 each. So not worth it for the price.
The service was excellent and the ambience was great. We just left with a hefty bill and feeling deeply unsatisfied with the food. The squid entree was an appetizer portion and the lobster roll with salad barely did the job. We stopped for pizza on the way home.
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