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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Summer is here: Pilot, Island Oyster and Grand Banks now open!!

Brothers and lifelong sailors Alex and Miles Pincus reopen Pilot, Island Oyster and Grand Banks, their three waterfront spots that have changed the way locals and visitors experience summer in the city. Executive chef and sustainable seafood expert Kerry Heffernan heads up the menu at the near zero-waste establishments, operated in partnership with the Billion Oyster Project.


Opening today at 4pm for its first full season, Pilot is an oyster bar aboard a prized 1924 wooden racing schooner docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. There, guests can enjoy Heffernan’s menu featuring new dishes such as Seared Sea Scallops with orzo, coriander emulsion+ pickled fresno chiles.  Beverage director Zak Snyder serves reimagined classic cocktails such as the Seabrined Martini prepared with vodka or gin, blanc vermouth, Cocchi blanco + champagne mignonette and the Medici made with Campari, fluffy orange juice, pineapple, vanilla + sparkling wine. Pilot was the longest serving pilot ship in American history and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.


The first of its kind, the 32,000 square-foot Governors Island waterfront bar with views of downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and Brooklyn is now open for its first full season. Guests can enjoy a variety of oysters and summery dishes including fish tacos, burger and lobster rolls, along with drinks such as the Halekulani Cocktail with rye whiskey, kalamansi, lime, pineapple, Combier, fassionola + Peychaud’s bitters.

Governors Island has extended their Friday hours, so visitors can now linger over dinner and drinks at Island Oyster, while Grey Goose is offering exclusive Saturday night ferry service to Island Oyster beginning this Saturday, May 26 through Labor Day.


Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Grand Banks is a beloved oyster bar aboard the Sherman Zwicker, a historic schooner docked at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park that recently underwent a bow-to-stern renovation. Heffernan has updated the menu to include a variety of new dishes and an Epic section featuring the multi-course Grand Banks Supérieur: amuse-bouche, radishes in compound butter, burrata, caviar hash brown, lobster roll, sea scallops, french fries, berries and mascarpone and chocolate pot de creme (serves two). Snyder offers an expanded list of cocktails including the Permanent Vacation, a blend of Jamaican, Guyanese and Martinique rums, coconut, tepache, pineapple, orange + nutmeg.

Pilot Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn, NY 11201 917.810.8550 | @pilot_brooklyn Open 4pm to 12am, Monday—Friday 10am to 12am, Saturday—Saturday Island Oyster Governors Island 146 Carder Road New York, NY 11231 917.268.0200 | @islandoyster Open 12pm to 6pm, Monday—Friday 12pm to 7pm, Saturday—Saturday with extended hours coming soon

Grand Banks Pier 25 Hudson River Park New York, NY 10013 212.660.6312 | @grandbanksnyc

Open 4pm to 12:30am, Monday—Friday 10am to 12:30am, Saturday—Saturday


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