Schooner the better: Floating restaurant opens off Pier 6

Schooner the better: Floating restaurant opens off Pier 6
Photo by Jason Speakman

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, www.pilotbrooklyn.com). Mon–Fri, 3 pm–midnight; Sat, Sun, 11 am–midnight.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill