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In the Navy, New York’s Downtown Hot Spot

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Navy

Since opening in February, New York restaurant Navy has emerged as something of a downtown clubhouse—a hip yet easygoing place for locals who prefer shooting oysters to vodka (most days). The convivial atmosphere is no surprise, given that Navy is the brainchild of Akiva Elstein and Matt Abramcyk, exes of Employees Only and The Beatrice Inn, respectively. And like Elstein and Abramcyk’s other restaurant, Smith & Mills, the design at Navy is lo-fi dazzling. Look up from your parsnip salad to appreciate the indigo-dyed curtains; take a break from mussel toast and scallop crudo to admire the fold-down sink in the loo. And the maritime detail extends, too, to the excellent uniforms at Navy, which they could probably sell to customers from a kiosk behind the raw bar. The ladies’ dresses look like the sartorial offspring of a naughty French schoolgirl and a dapper sailor circa World War II. The uniforms for the guys, meanwhile, are an understated riff on classic shipyard workwear. Elstein reveals that the designer of said uniforms is one Eli Caner, who works under the moniker Lady and Butler. A vet of up-and-coming brands such as Timo Weiland and Jonathan Simkhai, Caner is making something of a name for herself with her chic uniforms for places such as The Monarch Room and the hotel King & Grove. Caner’s work is due for wider industry exposure: According to Elstein, Navy is already busy fielding inquiries for fashion week.

Photos: Alexander Valerio 

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