One day in December of last year, I popped into Navy for the first time for a quick lunch. There were a few options nearby, but I liked the Downtown-chic look of the place from the street and the menu was inviting, too. Upon entry, my decision was further rewarded by a beautifully designed space that was cozy and warm.
Navy was thoughtfully designed with a WWII maritime theme, including vintage military tent canvas lining the ways, Japanese indigos used as curtains, US Navy flags decorating the space, and a variety of other pieces that work beautifully with the overall theme. A very interesting and unique bathroom as well with a sink that folds into the wall.
The seafood-focused restaurant has a variety of menu options and a raw bar where oysters are the mainstay. We however ordered non-seafood dishes including the avocado and radish toast and quinoa crisp and both were well executed, fresh, and delicious.
The place has a cool-kids feel to it without pretension or trying too hard. Not surprising given that the team that opened Navy also brought us Smith & Mills in TriBeCa. A local's mainstay over the years.
I stopped in the restaurant again for a cocktail and I felt like I had been transported to a great bar in Brooklyn or the East Village. A great local crowd, fantastic cocktails, friendly bartenders, and a great setting. I would easily recommend this place for a dinner date, dinner with friends, or cocktails. A great addition to the Soho neighborhood.