Navy’s Planned Expansion Has Its Soho Neighbors Up in Arms

It's about to get "party venue" up in here. Photo: Melissa Hom

Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein's Soho restaurant Navy only seats 40 diners at a clip, so neighbors say the "nightlife kind of place" vibe the restaurant allegedly projects will get even worse if it's allowed to expand next door as planned. Jerome Audureau, who owns Once Upon a Tart, says he's getting priced out and is sure Abramcyk and Elstein will "carry on the spirit of the bakery." The restaurateurs are seeking a liquor license for the café component of the space, which the SoHo Alliance opposes on grounds that it's "a Trojan horse to introduce a new party venue." Abramcyk, who withdrew the liquor license application from last month's CB2 meeting, reportedly assured locals he plans to "rehabilitate Navy," however, and at least one neighbor says the noise has died off in recent weeks. [The Villager via Eater]