Navy NYC

navyNavy recently opened in Soho on Sullivan Street.   The restaurant is absolutely adorable.  They put it together to feel as if it has been part of the neighborhood for ever.  Perfect for Soho.   The menu is ever changing and is skewed towards seafood although the couple sitting next to us split the pork and it looked delicious.  The service was really spotty when we were there.  It was as if the seat we were sitting in was the bad seat.  People around us seemed to be getting fed.  Even our drinks were late to the party.  The owner eventually talked to us and took a few things off the bill which was appreciated.  Communication would have been better.  Our waitress basically screwed up, it was not the kitchen.  Regardless, I will definitely be back to try it for possibly breakfast and lunch too.

oystersWe started off with the oysters.  Not sure where they sourced these but they were just perfect.  Briny, plump, fresh and with a little celery-chili relish on the side it was the perfect call.

black bassOur next share was the black bass crudo.  I love how everything was served in the bowls.  Thinly sliced black bass sitting in a cold rhubarb vinaigarette with kernel oil and these small kernels of pine nuts.  The little bit of nut just changed the whole dish.

sepiaThis was amazing.  Thinly sliced sepia with pickled honey mushrooms over the top and small pieces of fennel and crispy capers.  The mushrooms were insanely good.

fried ghnocchiFor the main course one of us had the crispy gnocchi served with peas, fiddleheads and spinach.  I liked the combo of crisping up the gnocchi and then mixing that with greens of the season.

tilefishI had the tile fish.  Simple poached fish with crispy skin over chopped yellow and red tomatoes, a grilled spring onion and charred chili.  There was definitely a kick to this.  Well prepared.  On the side we have a charred fava dish with thinly sliced radishes and a cultured cream mint with dill.  I took a terrible picture and the dish sounded much better than it actually was.

All and all the food is really well done.  Kind of felt like we were in a European coastal town somewhere.   A nice feeling to have while dining on Sullivan Street in Soho.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    This place sounds like me.An easy walk from where I am.Summer finds me at Aqua Grill for the oysters often. This may be an alternative.

    1. Gotham Gal

      much much better than Aqua Grill that imho has gone way downhill.

      1. awaldstein

        Strong praise. I’m going to give it a shot.

  2. bsoist

    Definitely going to give this place a try. Maybe you should go in an put a signal on the bad seat. 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  3. William Mougayar

    Nice. I wished Toronto had 5% of the variety that NY has in restaurants. We tend to have lots of “generic” restaurants. Few are distinct by the type and originality of cuisine.

    1. Gotham Gal

      nyc is really unique when it comes to the amount of places to eat. many nyer’s do not ever cook.