Schooner the better: Floating restaurant opens off Pier 6

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A shore thing: Diners aboard the boat can sample from the seafood-focused menu while enjoying killer views.
Bow down: The ship features two bars and plenty of seating for those enjoying its high-end food and drinks.
New life: Pilot, floating off the north side of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier Six, is a schooner built in 1924 and repurposed into a floating restaurant.

It’s aboat time!

A floating restaurant aboard a historic schooner lowered its gangplank to visitors on Thursday night, just off Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. The much-anticipated opening of Pilot gives Kings County residents a new waterfront spot to drop anchor and chow down.

The floating eatery serves a seafood-focused menu that includes oysters, lobster rolls, and a soft-shell crab po’ boy. It also boasts two bars, serving $15 craft cocktails, and several sit-down tables.

Pilot is owned by Alex and Miles Pincus, the team behind the popular Manhattan restaurant-on-a-boat Grand Banks.

The schooner was only recently decked out for an upscale dining experience — the 1924-built vessel enjoyed a previous life as the “Highlander Sea,” which guided visiting ships safely into Boston Harbor, and later sailed around the world as a research vessel.

After being acquired by the Pincus brothers, it was re-purposed at Gowanus Bay Terminal in Red Hook, where damaged planks from the hull were removed and replaced to accommodate the bar, kitchens, and freezers.

It will remain docked on the north side of Pier 6 until October.

Pilot at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights, Mon–Fri, 3 pm–midnight; Sat, Sun, 11 am–midnight.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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Clarence from Cobble Hill says:
No one is wearing a life jacket - I guess they don't mind DROWNING .
Aug. 7, 2017, 9:34 am
Capt. Jeff from Down East says:
Make some money with this travesty, put it into refitting her for a life under sail, and kindly sell her to someone who respects her. Then go to Bar Harbor, buy the Margaret Todd, and abuse her however tastelessly you see fit. Please and thank you.
Aug. 7, 2017, 11:19 pm
Captain Jordan Smith from The sea says:
Give her back to us, you philistines.
Aug. 8, 2017, 12:31 pm
Augustino from Blue Ash says:
I was there for the soft opening…super cool bar and sightlines… hopefully they have a solid insurance carrier with a deep pocket CGL policy rider…someone WILL fall off the vessel…this is a liability accident waiting to happen; sorry to report.
Aug. 10, 2017, 1:33 pm
Marilynne heather from Canada says:
I was crew onboard the Highlander Sea and I am in tears to see that she is not sailing but placed as a restaurant. The Highander Sea was upgraded by more than $1 Million to have her sail perfectly and she is a fast and amazing vessel. She should be sailing. So sad......
Aug. 6, 2018, 7:23 pm

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