Do not worry. The ground isn’t moving because you’ve drunk too much – you’re actually on a boat.
Pilot, a new floating restaurant and bar, recently docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it’s here to stay until October 1. For anyone who can’t make it to the Hamptons or Fire Island this summer, a quick cocktail aboard this ship really hits the spot.
On the deck you’ll find a large, lively bar serving drinks only, 20 tables that can be reserved online, and a crowded raw bar near the bow of the ship. No matter where you sit, the view of downtown Manhattan is stunning.
The rocking establishment comes from the restaurateurs behind Grand Banks, another well-watered boat in Hudson River Park. Pilot has been around two years in the making.
âMy brother Miles and I have spent most of our adult lives on boats, so that just seems natural to us,â co-owner Alex Pincus, who grew up on a lake in New Orleans, told the Post. âBut of course, operating a restaurant on a boat presents certain challenges, like floating with the tides. “
The drinks menu is priced at an average Midtown watering hole – $ 15 for cocktails, $ 13 for wine by the glass. The drinks have a tropical twist, with rum, tequila and gin all very present. The Spirit Animal – with rum, coconut, Aperol, lemon and strawberry – is basically a more manly piÃ±a colada. On the food side, the menu features bright, brackish dishes such as scallop ceviche and, of course, plenty of oysters.
But let’s face it, you are here for the boat.
The pilot’s look is classically nautical, with lots of stained wood and portholes. This is because this profession has a unique history. The brothers discovered their establishment in a shipyard in Gloucester, Mass, where it had served for 10 years. Before that, it was a research vessel that cruised the globe. Most impressive, however, Pilot was originally built in 1924 to be the fastest sailing yacht in the world.
Brooklyn boozehounds will be thankful they decided to take a break.
Open Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. at midnight ; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Pier 6, near Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn Bridge Park; PilotBrooklyn.com.