Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Places & Faces

Navy, NYC

I want to tell you about one of the hottest new restaurants in New York – and it’s not just the food that excites.

In a cozy neighbourhood, on a tree-lined street in Soho, Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein have teamed up to create Navy – a 51-seat bar and restaurant, and follow up to the duo’s Smith & Mills in TriBeCa.  Chef Camille Becerra (of Paloma) was hired and brings her stylish cooking to Navy.

Elstein & 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.

The menu is as exciting as the innovative setting with Becerra focusing on seafood and vegetables. The raw Oysters are a must try.

I will be popping in when in NYC in October – I hope to see you there.


Navy 137 Sullivan St. , New York City //212-533-1137 //

Anthony Spon-Smith