Pilot Est. 2017

PILOT, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Pilot
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Pilot is a seasonal oyster bar aboard one of America's most prized wooden schooners.
Our full-service bar and restaurant boasts a full-service bar and a dining room with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy sustainable seafood, a rotating selection of oysters and quality cocktails while the boat gently rocks with each passing ship on the East River. It's the best place in the city to watch the sunset.
The Lowdown
Type
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
Historic Building
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Cityscape
Coastline
Park
River
Skyline
Style
Classic
Coastal
Nautical
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

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. 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $78 to $135

Additional Charges

Taxes, Administration Fee, Gratuity 

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
64
Buffet
N/A
Standing
150
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2017
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Outdoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Outdoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Amenities
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Before you see the boat, you'll see the mast rising high above the landscaping of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. Then, you'll see Pilot—140' of floating history, permanently docked alongside one of Brooklyn's most beautiful green spaces. Our full-service bar and restaurant boasts a full-service bar and a dining room with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy sustainable seafood, a rotating selection of oysters and quality cocktails while the boat gently rocks with each passing ship on the East River. It's the best place in the city to watch the sunset. 

Pilot is a rare surviving Grand Banks style schooner and is an eligible candidate for the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1924 by J.F. James & Son in Essex, Massachusetts, "she is 140’ of remarkable maritime craftsmanship" (Vogue). She's had many roles in life, from carrying soldiers in WW2 to sailing around the world. Now, she provides New Yorkers a piece of permanent vacation. 
Design:
Pilot was thoughtfully renovated, preserving the beauty of much of the original wood on the ship. With its signature yellow and white awnings, brass accents and marble bars, the ship feels both modern and classically nautical. 
Awards & Notables #1 on The Infatuation's "The Boat Power Rankings" and listed in "The Summer Hit List: New Places To Eat & Drink Outside" 
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Pilot is a floating restaurant focusing on sustainable seafood, oysters and nautically-inspired cocktails. 
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