Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein have teamed to create the 51-seat bar and restaurant, a follow up to the duo’s Smith & Mills in TriBeCa. Navy is a stylish-cozy neighborhood joint on a tree lined street in Soho.
Akiva Elstein & Matt Abramcyk, along with Jeanette Dalrot, designed the space with a Maritime WWII aesthetic in mind. Antique Japanese indigos serve as curtains, while French linen and vintage military canvas cover the walls. Leather straps affixed to the back wall make for handsome wine storage. Bartenders & servers dressed in vintage-inspired, bespoke work jackets and elegant frocks by Lady and Butler pour from the beer and wine list while conversing with regulars and newcomers alike. In warmer months, windows open out onto the street, offering an ideal setting to enjoy rosé and oysters on a sunny afternoon.
At Navy, we focus on seafood and vegetables, working closely with the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op to source her produce. A raw bar offers fresh oysters, clams and sea urchin for uni toast. We are passionate about blinis, making our own house-cured fish and caviar; seedy crackers will also be made in house to go with primo sardines. Larger plates include crispy gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, tonnato and poached egg as well as an ocean trout en croûte for two. Crispy sweet potatoes accompanied by walnuts, pomegranate, green olives and herbs, are a reflection of our zeal for coaxing the maximum flavor out of vegetables with the help of herbs and spices. At lunchtime, our menu has a European feel with straightforward dishes presented with little fuss, such as an egg bowl with whole grains, market veggies and sumac yogurt; a DIY-style ploughman’s plate as well as an open face whitefish sammie.
Navy is open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The seasonal and fresh menu changes daily and a raw bar menu is also available between lunch and dinner service.