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Pilot

4.4
4.4
132 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (917) 810-8550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kerry Heffernan

  • Neighborhood

    Brooklyn Heights

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    R to Court Street Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. J

    Johnny

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  2. JS

    JaimeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding view and landscape. Romantic for a date or special ocasion. Really good service.
  3. DD

    DDW4BKLYN

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous. Memorable. Delicious. The Spirit Animal cocktail is awesome.
  4. d

    designscout

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!
  5. KS

    KellyS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    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.
  6. VS

    VivienneS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    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.
  7. s

    sfevangelista

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    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! :)
  8. AS

    ArielS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    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.
  9. EP

    EmmaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! We really had a special time here for my friends birthday
  10. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice spot for a casual, delicious meal. Amazing views of lower Manhattan. Worth a trip to Brooklyn Heights.
  11. AC

    AlexisC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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.
  12. CB

    ColinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  13. MT

    MaryT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance were top notch!
  14. ML

    MarthaL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely and helpful emails with mgt. before we came re advisability of including a toddler in our brunch.
  15. MP

    MPapaya

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    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?
  16. BK

    BarryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  17. KY

    KatieY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    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!
  18. D

    Dans

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Great oysters. Great restaurant. Service just made the place very unemployable.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Great view of the city. Portions are not huge but food options are tasty
  20. JR

    JuliaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    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.
  21. J

    Jackie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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!
  22. AF

    AnotherFoodie

    West Palm Beach

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  23. BS

    BethS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We actually went on a rainy Sunday afternoon and it was lovely! Cocktails and oysters.. the French fries were amazing!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    So scenic!
  25. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! The staff, setting, food and drinks were all terrific.
  26. j

    jadakanika

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved it. Made for a great date night. Good food, great sights, great service.
  27. LK

    LKWW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun. Great view. Staff is super friendly
  28. KM

    KateM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    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 :)
  29. D

    Dennis

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2018

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    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.
  30. JS

    JoseS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    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.
  31. a

    adest

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  32. EY

    EllaY

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great views. Loved it just as much as Grand Banks in the city! Amazing seasonal addition to Dumbo!
  33. J

    Jeff

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manager Jared runs a great ship- Ambience hard to match - great views , great food. Ask for the captains table.
  34. TB

    ToddB

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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!
  35. j

    jeffreym

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    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.
  36. n

    nfar

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  37. DB

    DaphneB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view for the girls from out of town xx
  38. LC

    LukeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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.
  39. k

    kapost

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    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.
  40. F

    Frank

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    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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Pilot is rated 4.4 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Atlantic Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Brooklyn Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    R to Court Street Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kerry Heffernan

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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