Don’t worry. The floor isn’t moving because you’ve had too much to drink — you’re actually on a boat.
Pilot, a new floating restaurant and bar, recently docked on Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it’s here to stay till 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 deck, you’ll find a big and lively bar serving only drinks, 20 tables that can be reserved online and a packed raw bar near the bow of the ship. No matter where you sit, the view of downtown Manhattan is gorgeous.
The rocking establishment comes from the restaurateurs behind Grand Banks, another boozy boat in Hudson River Park. Pilot has been about two years in the making.
“My brother Miles and I have spent most of our adult lives on boats, so it feels really natural to us,” co-owner Alex Pincus, who grew up living on a lake New Orleans, tells The Post. “But of course there are some challenges to operating a restaurant on a boat — like floating up and down with the tides.”
The drink menu is priced like an average Midtown watering hole — $15 for cocktails, $13 for wine by the glass. Drinks have a tropical flair, with rum, tequila and gin all featuring heavily. The Spirit Animal — with rum, coconut, Aperol, lemon and strawberry — is basically a more manly piña colada. Foodwise, the menu features bright and briny dishes such as scallop ceviche, and, of course, plenty of oysters.
But let’s be real — you’re here for the boat.
Pilot’s look is classically nautical, with lots of stained wood and portholes. That’s because this craft has a unique history. The brothers discovered their establishment in a shipyard in Gloucester, Mass, where it had been sitting for 10 years. Before that, it was a research vessel that traveled the globe. Most awesomely, though, Pilot was originally built in 1924 to be the fastest sailboat in the world.
Brooklyn boozehounds will be grateful it’s decided to take a breather.
Open Monday-Friday, 3p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Pier 6, near Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn Bridge Park; PilotBrooklyn.com.
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