Alvin and Friends
Alvin and Friends

Alvin and Friends

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 914 654-6549x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; Brunch served on Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Dinner served 4:30 to 10 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 4:30 to 11 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Late night bar menu available till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Closed Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Denzil Richards
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Dining at Alvin & Friends is more than a night out, it’s an experience. Now you can share that experience with your friends, clients or colleagues when you book your party, meeting or special event at Alvin & Friends. Our private dining room seats 80 comfortably, and can be configured to your specifications.The beautifully decorated space has its own private bar and is fully equipped with flatscreen TVs for presentations. Alvin & Friends offers a range of catering menus; contact Gwen or Theresa at 654-6549 for details. .
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Gospel Brunch on Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huguenot and Main
  • Public Transit: Metro North New Haven line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street and in the municipal lot directly across the street from the restaurant. In addition there is limited covered parking available in the Avalon garage.Valet parking is available on Saturday nights.
A word from Alvin and Friends
Alvin & Friends offers contemporary cuisine with Southern and Caribbean influences in an elegant and sophisticated space; the dining room features dozens of stunning, Matisse-inspired oil paintings created by owner Alvin Clayton, part of the restaurant’s signature look. Alvin & Friends has been Zagat rated 26 for food, 26 for décor and 26 for service, and was named by Westchester Magazine as one of the “Best of Westchester” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Voted "Best Fried Chicken in Westchester" and described as "By general consensus, New Rochelle's dining room" (Westchester Magazine.)
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Alvin and Friends reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (50)good for groups (44)special occasion (42)hot spot (34)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (26)great for outdoor dining (23)great for brunch (20)late-night find (19)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • The best host
    PWFgolferVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Alvin makes you feel like your a guest at his home. Food, service was great. Jaz music just adds to the ambiance .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Service still does not keep up with the great food. Everyone is very courteous but a tad slow and inattentive, this is really only an issue when I'm in a hurry, otherwise I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Yummie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This place if fabulous! The food is off the charts delish! Great cocktail and wine list. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We have been here twice now, and both times the owner, Alvin, has stopped by to chat with us and make sure we are happy. I can't recommend this place enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great - service was so bad! Would not go again because of this which is a shame.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    asquare
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was great. Food ,Service and Music make it a real find. The owners filter through the restaurant to insure all goes well in a very pleasant way
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for the occasion
    Sarita
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Last minute dinner surprise for a out of town family member. The food, music and service was absolutely fantastic. Mr. Alvin himself introduced himself and that made us feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice honey experience
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time wonderful experience. Friendly host. Delicious food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance galore...
    NativeNewyorker
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were extremely delighted when we experienced the light jazz and electric atmosphere of this establishment on our 16th anniversary. Nestled in the heart of the New Rochelle, is this distinct gem of culinary excellence. I highly recommend Alvin & Friends, if your a fan of having a memorable time in a warm friendly establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alvin is A+++!!!!
    JayT
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We moved to New Rochelle about a year ago, and this is easily our favorite restaurant in Westchester. The food is so unique and delicious, and the owner Alvin is always on hand, and he really cares about his customers. According to Alvin, the kitchen was slightly backed up on our last trip (which we didn't even notice) and he brought us complimentary soup. The entire staff and servers are all very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere just glows with fun and positivity. We truly love Alvin and his restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good for lunch
    primadonna
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    we went on a friday and just beat the lunch crowd at 1:45pm....delicious meal....staff friendly and the owner said hello and chit chatted a bit. Loved the place...will plan another date for dinner and check out how it is at night! Definitely a must-go!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Milt
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Never disappoints..good,friendly service, great food,staff attentive to your needs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs a little help...
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My bf and I are always looking for different restaurants to try and this place seemed interesting. We went on Saturday night for date night and it was crowded! There seemed to have been a little of confusion between the hostesses b/c we had a reservation and other people waiting did not but after about 15 mins we were seated...all good. After being seated, we looked through the menu and decided on food and wine and at this point we still didn't have water! finally somebody comes over with water and a basket of cornbread but still no waiter! A tall man in a suit (not our waiter) comes and takes our order. Our waiter finally shows up to tell us our apps will be out soon then we did not see him again until dessert good was good not great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was delicious, timely, the right amounts. Music was nice, and for us old folks, not too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a clubhouse
    SebastianVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Alvin & Friends is a warm and inviting place. Alvin, is very personable and makes regulars and strangers alike feel like the restaurant is sincerely happy to have you. The food is fit for foodies, and rivals anything in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Was well worth it. Stumbled upon this place and it was one of the best choices ever. I had a really good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Sunday Brunch
    Wadoo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday this past Sunday. The Jazz band was perfect. Not too loud. Smooth sounds while we ate some of the best dishes I've eaten in a long time. Alvin came around to make sure we were happy. We were! I had the catfish, scrambled eggs, and grits. I need to know how they make their grits. I had no idea grits could fast that good. The catfish melted in my mout. My wife had the fried chicken and waffles. They allowed her to sub the chicken strips for chicken parts. Great choice and thanks for letting her switch. Best fried chicken in Westchester by far. We will be going back again and again to try more menu items. I highly recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    WeGoOutALot
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Walked into a great space and greeted by the entertainer who was well selected! Great atmosphere and service. We had many dishes and all were very good. The duck was perfectly cooked. Mac and cheese could've used a toasted breadcrumb topping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine group of gourmet foods.
    DaveCB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My first visit introduced me to an exciting group of Caribbean-inspired foods that hit the spot. The southern foods will be ordered upon my likely return. First time in 74 years for me to order shandy, a pre-dinner beverage of 50/50 beer and gingerale (this time Red Stripe/Sprite). All of this while enjoying some excellent live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monk
    MonkVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Alvin and Friends is always warm and wonderful. The food is good and the wait staff friendly and helpful. The music at Sunday brunch is sensational. And, Alvin is a talented artist, whose works on the walls add an extra delightful dimension to the dining experience. As always, our recent experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soul/Caribbean Gem
    Agodava
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The personality of Alvin the owner permeates every aspect. His art hangs on the wall and his roots are well represented in the excellently composed menu. Southern cooking and Caribbean inspired dishes harmonize like the great live music available on weekends. Each person in our party had a different dish, and each of us really enjoyed everything. Phenomenal crab cake appetizer is a great starter. The shrimp and grits, the duck breast and the seafood linguine are first rate. Leave room for dessert. The staff is well informed, helpful and friendly. Start with one of the specialty cocktails like the Alvin Punch and prepare yourself for a fun evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Atmosphere
    DNJLVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good food and atmosphere. Good place for group dinner and get together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local find
    asquare
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    a very nice experience with great music. After a few minor problems with the wait staff and management being made aware (they visit tables) all went very well
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every single item we had for dinner was outstanding - the fried green tomatoes, poached shrimp appetizer, 'Westchester's best' fried chicken and the duck breast all were amazing. Even the sides blew us away. We loved the ambiance too. Only tips are that if it's a rainy night, give yourself extra time to find parking - we were late for our reservation because we couldn't find a place to park. I think they may have valet parking but we didn't realize that. Also was a little loud with the jazz music but it was fun. Absolutely love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was tasty. Ambience was pleasant. Staff was attentive. Fried chicken could have been seasoned better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always enjoy the experience of Alvin & Friends. It is a very warm, friendly neighborhood restaurant. New Rochelle is a vibrant and diverse community. The patrons at Alvin's reflect the diversity and spirit of the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thefridaygroupVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were looking forward to dining at Alvin and Friends. My 3rd time and my friend's 1st. Unfortuantely, on one of the hotest days of the summer, the A/C was not working (or at least that's what I assumed). Even though I commented on how hot the restaurant was neither the hostess, waitress nor manager advised us of what the situation was. They were setting up for a big party and that seemed to be the focus. The staff was friendly, the food good, but not as great as in the old location. We couldn't wait to leave. If you live in NR I would suggest giving it a try, but not it's not worth the schlep from cross county.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great combo for food and music
    sindromeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food that ticks the comfort box but also has unusual and interesting features. Drinks from the bar were well put together. Atmosphere was friendly and the mixed crowd people and age-wise all seemed to fit in fine. Live jazz rounded things off nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Jazz was fantasic, Nicki Brizzi is incredible. We loved the food and drinks. The only negative was that the A/C was broken. We will be back to try other items on the menu and hopefully enjoy more Jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice time.
    Peasinapod
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very romantic. Great food and great service. Everyone was kind and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and entertainment
    pumpkin
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area (and there are many to choose from). Personal service; Alvin or his wife usually come by to the table to make sure everything is top notch, and a unique menu make this place unbeatable. We recommend the catfish, duck, or salmon as an entree. You can't beat the mini corn muffins that are served before the meal and the bread pudding for dessert. Often on weekends there is live entertainment and we have never been disappointed with the ability of the performers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly vibrant and fun!
    MCCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came to Alvin and Friends to celebrate my sister's birthday. All the food from starters to desserts was amazing. We were a party of 5 with 3 picky eaters so that's a rave. Alvin and his lovely wife came over often to check on us and see if we were enjoying our evening. They are both delightful and made us feel like old friends. The live music was incredible so I want to go back on a Saturday night with a date for a different kind of evening. Will definitely return and highly highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious savoring comfort food. That make you want to hum!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch experience!
    JerryF
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family and I went to Alvin and Friends and enjoyed a relaxing lunch after a visit to the Bronx Zoo. Service was dicey but they were short handed and did try very hard with a smile on their face. The food was good. We had the wonderful fried chicken, collard greens and mac and cheese. My wife said that the collard greens (chock full of country ham) were the best she's ever eaten and she's from Charleston SC! Iced tea was freshly brewed. Alvin himself came by and greeted us warmly. All in all, a very pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    DocD
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Finally another place in New Rochelle that I can experience great food and ambience without trekking down to NYC. Alvin is a great host who greeted us at the door and continued to check in on us to insure we were happy with the service. The live music was also a treat. I will be going back regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service couldn't be better
    TooYummy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great time at Alvin's from our knowledgeable waitress, prompt and attentive waitstaff, the charm of the owner who makes it a point to greet the guests...oh and did I mention the food and drinks. YUM! Simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RicharfVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food at a new great location. The outdoor seating area is very nice and at a much nicer, larger location than previously. The owner, Alvin, still comes out to greet the patrons and adds a very personal touch. The food, thankfully, has not changed with the move. We started with the mussels which were tasty. My date and I had the oxtail and the cajun duck, both very delicious. We usually head into Manhattan for dinner but decided to stay in New Rochelle that evening. We don't regret it and will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattan Feel
    Nounoune
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    For Westchesternites who love going to NYC but don't like the parking fees followed by the trek back home, Alvin and Friends is definitely a place for you. The look, feel, environment, and ambiance while dining takes you there. And under $5.00 to park your car! Hello! I have been there on three separate occasions with family and friends and the experience was wonderful. I highly recommend Alvin and Friends. Check out their website for events and go, sit, eat, drink, listen to music, and socialize!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch with a Dash of Soul
    Out4GoodEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lively Jazz Entertainment a nice addition. Friendly staff and incredible food will bring us back often. Chef's Favorite, entree 1 - Best Grits! The 2nd entree, Fried chicken to perfection, a crispy delicious treat up to the last bite. Desserts for sharing are a must have.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty but Noisy!
    MusicandfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was wonderful but this place is far too noisy and reverberant for the jazz trio which was the evening's featured entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    marainey
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    As always a wonderful time, great food, I usually get a a Dark and Stormy (they make the best drinks). This time i tried the coconut martini, OMG it was fantastic to the 10 power!Ram
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.