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Alvin and Friends

1083 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (22)
  • Special Occasion (21)
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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. Described by The New York Times as “a darling of downtown New Rochelle,” Alvin & Friends– selected by Open Table users for a 2017 Diner’s Choice award and winner of a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor -- offers live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as a jazz brunch on Sundays. Located across Memorial Highway from the New Rochelle Public Library, Alvin & Friends offers plenty of parking in the municipal lot adjacent to the library as well as the covered parking lot next to the Halstead apartments.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Southern, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Dinner served 5 to 10 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 5 to 11 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lunch served Fridays from 12 noon to 3 pm. Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Late night bar menu available till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Mondays.
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Phone number
(914) 654-6549
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kimani Hines
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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 us at 914-654-6549 for details.
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Cross street
Huguenot and Main
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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 Halstead garage. Valet parking is available on Saturday nights.
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Public transit
Metro North New Haven line
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Live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Jazz Brunch on Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1083 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

My first time there, but i really enjoyed everytging about it. My waiter chloe just started working there & she was really helpful & fun to talk to! I like that i was asked where i would like to sit instead of being put wherever they felt. I even met Alvin hself, thats sweet for a owner to actually come out & greet you and even come back out to make sure you were enjoying yourself. Definitely going back, lovely place to enjoy with your spouse. I also sugguest getting the rosemary chicken or oxtail, im super picky with food but that was absolutely amazing

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Alvin and Friends is Amazing. Alvin and his wife Gwen are gracious hosts who make you feel like family. Live music and gourmet food cannot be beat.
Highly recommend!

2.0  Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been to Alvin and friends before for dinner and had a wonderful time. Food and drinks were lovely. Ambience was great. So I decided to try out their brunch and was severely disappointed. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The waffle was cold. The chicken was chicken strips. It was bland. No flavor at all. Someone with me ordered the omlette with home fries. When it came the fries were sweet potato fries. Nowhere on the menu said that it was gonna be sweet potato fries. The drinks were ok. When I went for dinner the owner was walking around greeting customers. I guess he wasn’t there this time so everyone weren’t on their Ps & Qs. The bill took forever to come. When it came it was the wrong figure because gratuities hadn’t been added as yet. After that was sorted out we had to wait forever for someone to come and collect the payment. Overall it was not a good experience after having such high hopes for it

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

An absolute must!! Great food. Great atmosphere. Alvin personally greats all the guest. First visit was great. Return visit was the same level of expectation and more. Will be going back again.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

If you are looking for good food , great customer service this is the place

2.0  Dined 7 days ago

Went there for the first time ever on Valentine's day. I heard from an old coworker that the place was good so decided to give it a try.
We should've known it was going to go downhill once the runner told us our waiter was busy and would be with us shortly... 20 mins to be exact. We arrived when there were barely any people at the restaurant placed our orders and it took 35-40 mins to get each course. Our waiter forgot our entree and brought us the appetizer twice which we kindly rejected because we had already had it. Everything BUT the appetizers was COLD. We could barely taste the flavor in the food and tasted bland. Honestly I could've cooked a much better meal at home, which I regretted. It was WAY over priced for the service and annoyance we experienced. The menu said gratuity would NOT be included in the bill and they added it... guessing because almost everyone in the restaurant was complaining about the service they feared customers wouldn't leave tip.
There was a couple sitting next to us that got their food very quickly and they arrived AN HOUR later than us and we had the same waiter, but they seemed to know the owners, which was not fair to everyone else in the restaurant that was patiently waiting.

Overall, we will not be dining here ever again.

3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Music so loud that I wasn’t able to have a conversation.
Not a pleas experience.
Also the service very slow and had to ease for everything.

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely place to enjoy great food! Our waiter was very accommodating, friendly although not overbearing. Took a while after being seated, for us to be served, although the food was worth the wait. When the waiter was informed that the pasta, shrimp and salmon dish, had no salmon in it, he quickly went to the kitchen and within good time presented a healthy piece of grilled salmon. Now that’s Great customer service!!
The vegan chicken was DELICIOUS!!!!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant. It was worth every penny.

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This is the 3rd time that I have celebrated my birthday at Alvin and Friends and each time is better than the last. Alvin came around to our table to introduce himself and ask about our reason for coming in that evening. We explained that we were there for my birthday dinner, and he made sure that everything was just perfect. Alvin even treated us to a birthday champagne toast. The food was awesome, the rum punch was flowing and the staff was great. Alvin and Friends is always a good choice, for a special occasion or a regular dinner out.

5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I Met a colleague for dinner and it was wonderful reconnecting. She ordered shrimps and grits, and I had fried catfish and grits. We both had Caesar salads with fried Okra. It was a nice twist on the salad. Everything was scrumptious. I haven't been to Alvin's for a while and we were both delighted with the meals and the service. This was on a Thursday and there was live jazz.
The only downside, was that I ordered 2 Crab curry soups to go. The waitress brought the soup in one large container and said it was 2 portions, but they had no small containers to separate them. When I got home, it was only one portion and I was charged for 2. That was quite disappointing as I promised the soup to my husband and son-in -law.

vipOpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

No Reason To Go Back I'm Afraid...
What a pretty restaurant with so much potential! That said - it was freezing! We asked a staff member about heat and she said, "Why? Are you cold?" Meanwhile, I was wearing gloves, a scarf, and had my hands over the candle in an effort to find warmth! My husband and I marveled at how many patrons wore scarves, ordered tea mid-meal, or kept on their coats! Even the owner, who chatted with some, wore a scarf and sweater! In addition to the chill, the service was fair at best. We didn't place our order until 25 minutes after arrival. Our waitress was nice, yet stretched thin. We heard the phrase, "thank you for your patience" with ever table she approached. Maybe they were short staffed tonight... The appetizers: my husband ordered the fried green tomatoes, I ordered the curry crab soup (in the hopes of warming up!). Both were VERY flavorful! BUT - the fried green tomato was literally 2 tomato slices on top of each other, and my soup was luke warm! Sadness! My husband's baby back ribs dinner was more boiled than smoked, but still decent, and my grilled chicken salad was bland and somewhat disappointing. The drinks were pathetically slow, and where they could have made money in alcohol, they fell very short with us. Again, in our opinion, no reason to go back...

2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I really wanted to give this place a rave review because the owner is extremely friendly and the space is great. However, the waiter we had was absent-minded and not attentive at all. We waited over an hour for our food, which we all believed he had forgotten about because another server came by with the wrong order for our table thinking it was for us, then had to take it back. We then had to wait another 15-20 minutes for our food to arrive, by which time we had been starving because the waiter did not bother to bring the muffins to the table either. He brought it after he had brought out food, which is essentially pointless because that is what we were supposed to be eating as we waited. He then forgot all our drinks as well, which was supposed to come out with the food and we in turn had to remind him of everything we had ordered, which was not only annoying but also aggravating because of the fact that we had been waiting so long just to eat. The food was good, and I would recommend the chicken and waffles and the french toast, but I would not recommend the restaurant at this time based solely on that waiter that we had.

1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

WHat a disappointment. This restaurant has great potential with wonderful flavors and a nice ambiance but this was our second disasterous visit. We loved it in the past so we gave it another try this time after being reassured by the staff that last time was a fluke. It wasn’t. And it only got worse. It is understaffed, the kitchen sent out cold, stale food that had one raw kale leaf when kale was listed as part of the dish. Wine glass had lipstick on it and it’s was one bad thing after another. In fairness, the waitstaff and owner were nice and apologetic and didn’t charge for the problem items, but they were clearly understaffed and seem unable to properly service and cook for the larger space. They begged us to give them another chance but it was so bad and this was their second chance so sadly we’re done.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellen ambiance and food for my birthday celebration. Great live music on Jan 14. We enjoyed ourselves and Alvin stopped by our table to say "hi".