Navy Sails Into Soho With Camille Becerra at the Helm

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On Monday, Matt Abramcyk (who owns MaisonO, Smith & Mills, Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs, and Warren 77) and Akiva Elstein (of Smith & Mills, Macao Trading Co., and Employees Only) threw open the doors to Navy (137 Sullivan Street, 212-533-1137), the WWII maritime-themed joint venture they built in Soho. Linens and military canvas cover the walls, black and white tiles cover the bar in a vaguely nautical pattern, and the staff's uniforms hearken back to the '40s. And behind the burners, the partners installed Camille Becerra, a Top Chef contestant who has been looking for the right permanent home since her restaurant Paloma caught fire and closed.

"Since I lost my restaurant, I took some time -- it was important for me not to go into something that would be fleeting," she explains. "I wanted to find a restaurant group that I wanted to work with. I wanted to work with people I respected who had the same vision and were as hard-working as I am. I wanted to have a team that supported and believed in me, and I found that in Matt and Akiva; they get where I'm at. So I decided to hunker down and commit to a restaurant, and hopefully a series of restaurants."

Becerra is using her whole food and healthy cooking philosophy to lay the foundation for the menu, a list she says is "fish-focused" and "very vegetable-heavy." "The menu will continue to change and evolve," she adds. "It will change according to what we get from farms within a 100-mile radius. I work best in something that's always changing and evolving -- it allows me to tap into a certain level of creativity."

Opening menu highlights include a roasted parsnip salad and a pork chop for two -- which is served with chard, escarole, and pickled goji berries -- plus raw bar selections like oysters and sea urchin and blini and caviar. "The food is substantial but not heavy," says Becerra. Soon, you'll be able to stop in for lunch and tuck into a ploughman's board; eventually, you'll be able to come by for breakfast and find pastries and drinks from Kitten Coffee, a new Brooklyn roastery.

Navy is working with just a beer and wine license, but Abramcyk and Elstein enlisted operations director Lawrence Green, who did beverages for McNally's empire before coming to this restaurant, and bartender Ajax Kentish to create a list of cocktails that use ingredients that are 20 percent ABV or lower. "Due to the whole cocktail explosion, there are many aperitivi and digestivi we can do," says Green. The bar, then, is serving concoctions made with sherries, ports, madeiras, many other cordials, and beer.

The restaurant is also dealing in craft beer, both on draft and in bottle, and a wine list that, says Green, matches the food and space. "We're a small, quirky restaurant, and we're trying to find small quirky producers," he says. The list also has a unique highlight: "We're trying to focus on female producers where we can. A lot of pioneering women are breaking through in the wine world, and we want to highlight those people."

Navy is open for dinner from Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. The spot will add breakfast and lunch in the coming weeks.

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Location Info

Navy

137 Sullivan St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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it looks like you missed the real story Village Voice.

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Village Voice,


Are you sure you got this whole Maritime, Smith & Mills, Navy story right? Are you sure Smith & Mills didn't just transfer the No Moore Oyster llc illegal liquor license from 71 N. Moore because this illegal business has been operating on an invalid Certificate of Occupancy for 5 years which presents a known fire hazard?


Smith & Mills is obstructing the egress for 385 Greenwich and 71 N. Moore for 5500 square feet, both buildings combined, floors 2, 3 and 4, with a Partial Petition for an illegal bar leaving 385 Greenwich and 71 N. Moore uninsurable. Smith & Mills is being forced out by the City because the City can't bring the buildings to valid Certificate of Occupancy 5 years later over this illegal business. Smith & Mills presents a known fire hazard.


I am fairly certain if you did your homework this would explain the whole "Smith & Mills Fights For Its Right To Party" story on December  11, 2007 when this illegal business filed suit asking the Supreme Court to grant them their neighbor's 8 bedroom loft because a lawsuit would prevent the City from investigating what turns out is an illegal business.


Smith & Mills isn't sail into the sunset. They are not "expanding". Smith & Mills is being forced out of their neighbor's attached 199 square foot single car garage after the neighbors caught them lying to the judge too many times to count because Smith & Mills is an illegal business at 71 N. Moore.


There would be no reason to glamourize this illegal business when what they did after they removed their neighbor's fire exit and started a fire, 4 months after the City issued this illegal business an invalid Certificate of Occupancy, was so dangerous they could have killed their neighbors and countless others when the Happyland fire killed 87 people over the same issues of lack of fire exits.


It turns out "Smith & Mills" Had No Right To Party" at 71 N. Moore or 385 Greenwich after all.

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guestsguest

Village Voice,


Are you sure you got this whole Maritime, Smith & Mills, Navy story right? Are you sure Smith & Mills didn't just transfer the No Moore Oyster llc illegal liquor license from 71 N. Moore because this illegal business has been operating on an invalid Certificate of Occupancy for 5 years which presents a known fire hazard?


Smith & Mills is obstructing the egress for 385 Greenwich and 71 N. Moore for 5500 square feet, both buildings combined, floors 2, 3 and 4, with a Partial Petition for an illegal bar leaving 385 Greenwich and 71 N. Moore uninsurable. Smith & Mills is being forced out by the City because the City can't bring the buildings to valid Certificate of Occupancy 5 years later over this illegal business. Smith & Mills presents a known fire hazard.


I am fairly certain if you did your homework this would explain the whole "Smith & Mills Fights For Its Right To Party" story on December  11, 2007 when this illegal business filed suit asking the Supreme Court to grant them their neighbor's 8 bedroom loft because a lawsuit would prevent the City from investigating what turns out is an illegal business.


Smith & Mills isn't sail into the sunset. They are not expanding. Smith & Mills is being forced out of their neighbor's attached 199 square foot single car garage after the neighbors caught them lying to the judge too many times to count because Smith & Mills is an illegal business at 71 N. Moore.


There would be no reason to glamourize this illegal business when what they did after they removed their neighbor's fire exit and started a fire, 4 months after the City issued this illegal business an invalid Certificate of Occupancy, was so dangerous they could have killed their neighbors and countless others when the Happyland fire killed 87 people over the same issues of lack of fire exits.


It turns out "Smith & Mills" Had No Right To Party" at 71 N. Moore or 385 Greenwich after all.

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