Pilot

4.5
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar

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About

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
What 132 People Are Saying
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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go to dining experience. Since the weather is starting to get cold and this is an outdoor venue, we were lucky enough to be there on their last night of the season. A beautiful, restored sailing vessel, signature cocktails, fresh oysters, and an amazing view of Manhattan. You can't ask for anything better!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding view and landscape. Romantic for a date or special ocasion. Really good service.

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DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous. Memorable. Delicious. The Spirit Animal cocktail is awesome.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Their menu online was different. Unless you like raw fish and oysters there wasn’t anything cooked really to eat. Grilled cheese from the kids menu. A tiny salad.

Great view. Good drinks.

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VS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The waitress was terrible. She seemed totally out of it and was "out to lunch" (excuse the pun). Food was decent but small serving size. The only real perk was being on a boat, docked on the water, overlooking NYC.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience! Atmosphere is amazing and the service was awesome! Just not that impressive about the food. I had Linguine with clams and my boyfriend had scallops. It was not bad. Just not a wow food. So absolutely i will recommend this place! :)

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and vibes. I was disappointed that there were not any vegetarian or pescatarian main course options. For a seafood restaurant, I had expected at least one fish dish (there was only shellfish) or a vegetarian option.

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EP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We really had a special time here for my friends birthday

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SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice spot for a casual, delicious meal. Amazing views of lower Manhattan. Worth a trip to Brooklyn Heights.

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AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Pilot! The food and wine were good, but the main draw is the view. There is nothing like eating dinner on the water with an unimpeded view of the skyline.

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit went as well as the first. With the view they've got, this place could be serving tater tots and they'd still have my gratitude. But the food is really fantastic, the service is a fun combination of cool and classy, and the cocktails are great. Hands down my favorite restaurant this summer.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were top notch!

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely and helpful emails with mgt. before we came re advisability of including a toddler in our brunch.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Usually, Pilot does a good job on all fronts. This past dinner there seemed to be an issue with getting the food to the table in a timely fashion. Our waiter did not communicate that there may be a reason for such a wait. We would have liked to know why the wait was long. A possibility, the day after Labor Day?

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BK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. Unexpected find on the Brooklyn waterfront. Nice way to view lower Manhattan on a boat not leaving the dock. Menu limited but food was good. Worth the drive.

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KY
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome space and great food. The lobster roll should really come with fries for $26 and because it is pretty small, but you are paying for the atmosphere which is great!

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D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great oysters. Great restaurant. Service just made the place very unemployable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Great view of the city. Portions are not huge but food options are tasty

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Besides the fact the restaurant was cramped, which is expected. We only saw our waitress twice. Once to order drinks, and when we flagged her down for the bill. We had to place our orders with the runner.

The food was okay, but the portions were shockingly small.

I would not recommend this restaurant.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The entire meal was great from start to finish. It was our first time in Brooklyn in a long time and a friend invited us here. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and it was such a beautiful night so dinner on a boat sounded like fun. And it was. Food was excellent. And so were the drinks. We stayed late and when it got dark out the city lights just provided a wonderful view. Definitely recommend!

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AF
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love boats! The food was exceptional! Had sea bass ceviche and the monk/squid small plate. The day was overcast and had been raining which created a lovely almost foggy experience. The service was attentive and friendly. The boat was gently rocking. I was in heaven!

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BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We actually went on a rainy Sunday afternoon and it was lovely! Cocktails and oysters.. the French fries were amazing!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

So scenic!

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PS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! The staff, setting, food and drinks were all terrific.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved it. Made for a great date night. Good food, great sights, great service.

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LK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun. Great view. Staff is super friendly

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KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a group of friends in town who I wanted to take here. I made a reservation in advance, and on the day of, the weather forecast was not great. It wasn't raining at the time we were planning to go, so we still went and figured we would take our chances. It was a rare occasion on a Saturday in the summer where there weren't many people on the boat (bc of the weather forecast I'm sure). After ordering our first round of drinks, we were on the bow of the boat when it started to DOWNPOUR. I have actually never seen it rain so hard in NYC haha. They moved us to the center bar under the awning. The weather could not have been worse, but we stayed anyway, and the staff was FABULOUS. The boat was full of water as there were flash flood warnings, but they turned on fun music for us and gave everyone on the boat free champagne as we were stuck there in the rain. Phenomenal service, and they made what could have been a nightmare into such a fun experience we won't forget. Highly recommend this place!! We will be back :)

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening at Pilot. We've been to Grand Banks, which we enjoyed as well, but Pilot is less crowded, no lines, no long wait for a table and just as charming and beautiful in terms of the boat and the views.

I just find the prices to be high. I've lived in NYC my whole life so I'm used to overinflated prices, but I guess it still irks me to pay $14-15 for a glass of wine.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and service were great. The food was delicious, however, the portions are very very small. The price isn't terrible but for the meal sizes, it is overpriced.

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a
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time here this summer and I just love it. The staff is super nice and the views are great. Note of caution: do not go here if you get seasick.

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EY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great views. Loved it just as much as Grand Banks in the city! Amazing seasonal addition to Dumbo!

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager Jared runs a great ship-
Ambience hard to match - great views , great food.
Ask for the captains table.

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TB
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing views of Manhattan. Delish lobster roll and fries. Can’t beat the summer vibe on the boat. And they allow dogs. Second time eating there and looking forward to the next. Love it!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

the ambiance was amazing. the bartender could have been a bit nicer and more accommodating and better with explanations. he wasn't nasty but just somewhat short and impatient. In my entire life, i have never heard of a restaurant that does NOT except cash. After the explanation of why, i get it but it should have been very clearly stated prior to going to the restaurant. finally.... there was really very little choice of fish in a place considered a seafood spot. Expand the menu a bit. When i arrived everything told me 5 stars... sometimes its just people that make the difference.

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n
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I booked to use my $50 reward from Open Table which the restaurant said they accepted. After spending $200 for dinner we were told the restaurant would not accept it and also we were not even rewarded for dining with them. It is a unique dining experience but deceptive use of Open Table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view for the girls from out of town xx

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place to have oysters, cocktails and dinner. While the prices are high, comparable to other destination venues on rooftops or in gardens, this one actually feels worth the added cost because the ship is so lovely and the food is good quality.

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location on the water, and worth checking out at least once. Would recommend to go for drinks over dinner - the menu is limited, but pretty tasty. Overall, a little expensive for some oysters, a po'boy, salad and fries, even considering drinks.

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F
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I made a reservation for 4 to celebrate a friend’s birthday. One friend arrived late and they wouldn’t seat us even though it was a 4:00 pm reservation and most tables were empty. They did however seat a party of 6 that was also missing one person. When I pointed out the different treatment they still would not seat us. Coincidence that the party of six was all white, and ours was not?

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