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About Pilot

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.

Pier 6
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Oyster Bar, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
3pm-12am Monday - Friday
11am-12am Saturday and Sunday

Cross Street:
Atlantic Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(917) 810-8550

Website:
http://www.pilotbrooklyn.com/

Public Transit:
R to Court Street Station

Executive Chef:
Kerry Heffernan

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

Pilot Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
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Good for a Date (7)
Bar Seating (6)
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Fun (4)
Romantic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Unparalleled location and view. Great service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 25, 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.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·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!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great environment, had a lot of fun

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a fun brunch at Pilot but we all left hungry. The portions are very, very small! We all had a different dish and we all felt the same way. So after our brunch we all went to Brooklyn Crab and ate again there!

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Pilot is beautiful! Great view of the city and lovely music and ambiance. It's a bit crowded and expensive for a casual night out, but we went for a friend's birthday and she loved it. Great oysters and lobster rolls!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

A great experience on a boat having cocktails with a NYC skyline sunset!

Tags: Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great space. Amazing concept. They really need a phone to provide proper directions. Took an hour to find it. Food was tasty but the chowder was warm at best. Amazing views and lovely staff.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Pretty great! Priscilla the hostess was also AWESOME, thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Terrific place for drinks. Great view of the harbor and downtown Manhattan.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fun to be on a boat. Prepared food wasn't good, we had the lobster roll and crab po boy and they both disappointed. Go for one drink, some oysters, and the view.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Took one of my girlfriends there who was visiting from out of town, it was a beautiful day & the brunch was fabulous. A little pricey, but definitely a fun experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Staff were so attentive and talkative. Would absolutely recommend Pilot.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Terrible service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great cocktails, beautiful view, good service- loved oysters, seared scallops and calamari but po boy fell a bit short! Would recommend - beautiful place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Boat is so rocky

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Unbeatable view, good drinks, albeit average service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great spot--love the atmosphere. It can get rocky--and you might feel like you are at sea! A little pricey--but you are paying for the view and the vessel.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Service was very average, but most likely due to it only being open for less than a month.
Place is so great that you don't mind the slow service though.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The oyster are fresh to prepare! The atmosphere is unbeatable. The price is little pricy but the view has compensated it well. A good dating place.

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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