We went out for dinner on a Friday night. The bar was packed, the musician was awesome and the food was to die for. It was pouring rain and lo and behold they now have valet parking. Loved it!
Service was wonderful, not one negative comment. Run don't walk to Alvin and Friends.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment you enter you know you are amongst friends. The staff make a special effort to learn your name and the owner, Alvin will check in with the table to say hello and make sure you are satisfied. It has a wonderful welcoming neighborhood feel, the food is absolutely outstanding and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant recently moved a short distance from its original location and the new space is even better - much more open and expansive feel. The decor is casual yet elegant with Alvins paintings adorning the walls. Whenever we bring others with us, they are blown away by the food and the service. No matter what we try on the menu, its terrific- but nothing beats the fried chicken! You just can't do better than Alvin's.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Space
Alvin has moved his friends over just a block but the new space is bigger and more open with a nice bar and a lively colorful atmosphere. The food continues to be outstanding with great flavors and textures.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second visit to Alvin's. The new venue is elegant yet simple. The waitress was attentive, but clearly new at her job. Each dish was excellent - oxtails, fried chicken, shrimp and grits. Alvin made the rounds, checking in with all the guest and being a stellar host. This will become one of my "regular" spots, even though I live 40 minutes away!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Coolest Restaurant in Westchester!
Second time to A & F, first time to the new space.
Appetizers were great - our group had the calamari, arugula salad, fried oysters. The entrees were great also, fried chicken, duck, salmon - no leftovers for this group!
The space in the back room feels very open with the high ceilings and wonderful artwork and tables not too close to each other.
Round tables make it cosy and easy for conversations. Love the jazz music in the background.
Service was attentive and having Alvin coming to check in does make you feel special!
Both times we felt so relaxed and felt no rush to leave once the check was paid.
Can't wait to go back there!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had eaten at Alvin and Friends twice before this recent experience but this was the first time at their new location. They did not lose a step during their move right across the street! As always, the owner (Alvin) comes over to greet you and spends a few minutes chatting. He is such a gentleman and he is gracious to every diner that steps in the door. The food continues to be outstanding. Their signature entree (and the one I always get) is the fried chicken. There are reasons that this dish has won many local awards. It's so good that words can't properly describe it. The service was good. Our busboy was very friendly but our waitress, while accommodating, wasn't as energetic. Overall, you will be happy that you decided to eat here!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always love going back to Alvin's as it is truly special. The food, the wine, the ambience, the service - all tops. But what makes it a truly special gem is that Alvin gives each of his clients his warm attention. We always leave there feeling like we are very close friends of his indeed!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place great food
The owner, Alvin , came out twice to us to explain the menu and tell us where he gets the ingredients from. Very cool. Food was fantastic. Art work around the restaurant is vibrant creating a great ambiance. Definitely recommend it. Can't wait to go back.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely dinner with
We had a lovely dinner with friends from out of town. We all enjoyed the delicious food, beautiful decor including wonderful art work, and a jazz ensemble with delightful sets.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
And you get to see and speak to Alvin! Always a bonus :)
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Alvin's is a great place to
Alvin's is a great place to dine. He makes you feel like family. Both the food and service is great.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like Dining in an Art Gallery
Alvin and Friends has superb contemporary Caribbean cuisine set in a space filled with the vibrant oil paintings of Alvin, who greats guests with a ready smile and exuberance.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ambiance and great reception on entering restaurant. Manager/Owner is very receptive to his clientele and does not consider any task too menial to do. It is important to him that his customers have a pleasant experience.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great flavor, limited choice, slow
This is my second time at Alvin and Friends and this time I brought the real critics along, my family. in the end, they loved the flavors of the food and thought the setting was really pleasant.
What could be improved are - the lunch menu and the service. So, we were the only diners and the service was very, very slow. We were only told when we got to the point of placing our orders that they were out of several items on the menu. Also, the only options were the prix fixe lunch menu and my guys would have loved to have had an appetizer to start as they were hungry and looking forward to the meal. My recommendation is to offer the prix fixe and a full appetizer and dessert menu. Also, charging for iced tea refills is just lame . .
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time - Al Fresco Dining
They opened outdoor dining and it was great. Our party enjoyed the meal as well as the ambience. As is his custom Alvin circulated through the tables and made everyone feel as if they were lifelong friends. Food was delicious. It's a keeper.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Keep it up Guys
This place is just Amazing let just start wit Alvin's Punch is AMAZING (can I have the recipe) food is great Management is very attentive and professional, wait staff as great, there was no complain at all you should try the fried chicken.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
will go again
They claim to have the best chicken in Westchester it was pretty good but not the best I've had. The owner Alvin stopped by to greet us that was very nice. The waiter we had was not very attentive overall it was fine i would give it another try
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been going to Alvin's for several years now. They recently moved into the new location and it's great! Food, service, and atmosphere are impeccable and, as host, Alvin goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I try to be regulars here. We enjoy the ambiance and food. Alvin and Gwen are exceptional hosts. The food is great as are the drinks. Try the oxtail, it will melt in your mouth!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best In Westchester - I Dare to Say
I have found my Sunday Spot. Great Service. Delightful Food. Are there better in New Rochelle. Maybe But you will find me here.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at Alvin and Friends this past Friday evening and had an extremely enjoyable evening. From the service (very hospitable) meeting Alvin himself, to every item we chose from the menu. Purely a very satisfying Birthday evening for my boyfriend and I. I very much highly recommend Alvin and Friends to those who enjoy good food, wine, and music as well as beautiful artwork and people, this is the place to be.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every Weekend WOW
Try it every weekend. We thought there would be a change in level of service and found it to be very consistent.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Food, Warm Atmosphere
You will not be disappointed with any choice on the menu. The food is beautifully prepared and presented, with interesting pairings that enhance the vibrant flavors. The breast of duck is sinfully good; oxtail stew demands you nibble on the bones to get every last morsel; with every bite of a crab cake, you get a burst of discrete flavors. The vegetable dish is hearty enough for non-vegetarians.
Host Alvin makes sure that everyone who enters as a stranger leaves as a friend. Valet parking is available and reservations are helpful if you intend to dine during busy hours.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hits the mark
The food is very creative this service very attentive and the owner absolutely charming.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second time at Alvin's, first time at the new place. Very nice place. Love the band playing. Nice ambience. Food was even better that the last time I visited. Will definitely be back.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!!!! My new favorite restaurant. Alvin is AWESOME.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
When you need a friend!
Having the opportunity to travel from our home on Long Island to New Rochelle for a social engagement (with no plans to eat), I came across the Open Table reviews for Alvin and Friends. My wife and I decided to try this restaurant given previous diners comments. Well...we are pleased to report that we left with not only a smile on our face at the excellent food...but a smile from having had the personal attention of Alvin who greeted us at the bar as we waited for our table to be ready...and then sat with us for a few minutes as we were finishing our culinary experience at the restaurant. It is this personal attention that will bring us back (and I am sure other diners as well) for repeat visits when we are in the area!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stays on the A list
You walk into a welcoming atmosphere, open and inviting bar, the owner comes b the table to welcome you, drinks are generous and professionally prepared. The food is consistently excellent, interesting and filling. The service was attentive without hovering. Great for entertaining clients, dining with friends and family.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oxtail spring rolls ....
... Yum! Who knew? So nice to experience the new venue and new chef. The restaurant hasn't lost a beat. Thank you, Alvin.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining with a jazzy backgroun
Great variety of Southern and Carribbean cuisine. A really nice atmosphere with high ceilings and artwork. A three piece band playing jazz made the atmosphere enchanting. Great value, ambiance and interesting menu. I shall return!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ambience. Love the story of Alvin, his art and his friendly visits to the table. Service was good. It was a bit loud for me, but not so unusual for restaurants in general. My salmon was delicious as were the sides and the starter salad. I would certainly go back.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Faboulous Food, Great Ambience
Faboulous Food, Great Ambience . An overall excellent experience!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
ONE OF THE BEST
Alvin and Friends is what a really good restaurant is all about. Excellent food, friendly warm service, a concerned passionate owner in the dining room and absolutely beautiful space. It doesn't get much better. Make a trip there as soon as possible. Southern Westchster has very few restaurants of this caliber!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and great ambiance
Restaurant is spacious and has a great atmosphere and vibe. The food is high quality and there are lots of good, fun drinks. Unfortunately, the night we were there, the service was really bad. We sat at 8:30 and didn't get any food served until 10! They said it was an off night and comped us a drink. Hopefully that's true. I would give it another shot. Also, they were out of a few items on the menu and failed to inform us of this even after we ordered one of the items. So, overall great food, great setting, but service is in need of improvement.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Why did we wait so long to try!?
We had been hearing great reviews for a while but for some reason had not made it to Alvin & friends until recently. We had a great meal in a really nice space. Nothing predictable about this place - interesting combinations - something for everyone I think.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Worth A Visit
The food here is always interesting and different- Jamaican, Southern and just regular American. We try to experiment with new dishes and there is a lot to try here. This is our first time at the new location and it is much bigger and less crowded. Alvin is the most friendly and helpful restaurant owner I know so dining here is always a pleasure as he does his utmost to take care of everyone.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
great ambiance and food .
great ambiance and food . I've dined twice there and both on Friday nights and there is always live jazz. The owner also comes around to say hello and ensure that you're having a good time. He even assists with tables.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is by far the most happening scene in Westchester right now!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
More than Pleased
Me and my husband like to check out new spots that are reccomended to us and this resturant really lived up to the expectations. The rum punch was the best carribean punch I ever had. The decor was great and i loved the music. this will definately be our new date night spot. The service and food was great. It was a pleasue to have dined at a rwestuarant that can live up to and surpass the manhattan restaurants. its like the best kept secret in Mamaroneck manhattna watch out.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent mix of Southern
Excellent mix of Southern and Caribbean cuisine in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere surrounded by the owner's own artwork.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had no idea what to expect when I went to Alvin and Friends. The friendliness of the owner Alvin, the energetic environment, a great wait staff and the flavorful, creative food all added up to an experience, more than just a dinner.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome place to relax & enjoy good
We always love going to Alvin & Friends. The ambience is always warm & inviting. It's a gem in New Rochelle. Alvin is always there to greet you with a warm smile. The food is amazing & delicious. We love going there for date night because although patrons vary in group size, it's not overwhelming. It's fun & romantic all in one. The staff is always pleasant and courteous. We look forward to our next date night at Alvin & Friends!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Girls Night Out!
We had an awesome time at Alvin and Friends on this past Saturday. The food, service, and jazz were perfect! The live jazz was an added bonus. I have been for brunch in the past, however never for dinner. I look forward to returning.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quite a Gem
While searching for soulfood restaurants in Westchester this restaurant came up on the Westchester Restaurant Week list, I had never head of it but decided to give it a try since I was celebrating a friends birthday and she insisted on Soul Food and a place that had good desserts - I honestly did not want to drive to NYC like we normally do for our birthdays.
I have been to many soul and or caribbean restaurant throughout NYC and other cities and the atmosphere at times was average but Alvin & Friends was quite different. Wonderful decor, great food and service. I would dfinitely go back. My girllfriend definitely enjoyed her crabcakes and her desert and I loved my coconut martini and friend chicken meal.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Alvin and friends was a pleasant surprise. Myself and a friend had a craving for southern food and Alvin and friends popped ip on our serch based on our location. The location its self is comferting and beautiful with its touches of southern flare and art. The owner Alvin alone is a reason to vist , not only because the art on the wall is his own but because of his pleasent welcoming aura as he visited every table. I was very impressed at his style of welcoming and engaged style as if you were in his own home. The food was equally as impressive. This restaurant is a gem of New Rochelle and should be visited to experience on your own. I recommend this location and look forward to returning.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner then Private Party
We decided to have dinner @ Alvin and Friends before celebrating mt dear friend's birthday at a cocktail party later the same evening, again, @ Alvin & Friends.
We enjoyed live jazz while feasting on lamb shank with parmesean grits and Westchester's Best Fried Chicken with Collard Greens. Delicious! The service was excellent as was the ambience. After dinner, we walked to the back of the restaurant to a private cocktail party for my dear friend, Ammie Felder-Williams. It was a perfect evening of good food, good service and ambience and later, good friends.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having made our second trip from Long Island to dine at Alvin and Friends in two months, this trip involved spending time with old friends that my wife and I had not seen in 20 years. From the moment we walked in the door and were greeted with a hearty welcome back from Alvin...we knew that we had chosen the right place for our reunion.
We were seated immediately on a Saturday Night. The wait staff quickly made sure that we had our before dinner cocktails and explained some of the items on the menu. Alvin came over to the table to make sure that everything was up to par....the meal..not rushed at all.
The salmon exquisite...the lobster dish...delicious...the banana cake dessert...divine.
Alvin and our friends...a wonderful reunion!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Alvin & Freinds
This restaurant is great. The service is good the food is great and i would definitely reccomend it to a friend. It is also a great place to get a taste of a different culture
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food lived up to our expectatio
The food lived up to our expectations-everything was delicious. The live jazz was an extra bonus on top of an already amazing dinner. We will be back!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favorite in New Rochelle
Good food atmosphere and reasonable prices. A real gem. I will go here every time I am in New
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM