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About 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. 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.

14 Memorial Highway
New Rochelle, NY 10801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Caribbean

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.

Cross Street:
Huguenot and Main

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(914) 654-6549

Website:
http://alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Jazz Brunch on Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm

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 us at 914-654-6549 for details.

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.

Public Transit:
Metro North New Haven line

Executive Chef:
Kimani Hines

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Alvin and Friends Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (19)
Live Music (18)
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Sunday Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (8)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Healthy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I read the reviews and was looking forward to dining. I was disappointed. The service was slow and to my surprise there were alot of dishes was unavailable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We loved it. Our first time here to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was great from the beginning to the end. We will come back again for sure but maybe next time without the kids.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The place looks very nice from the outside. We we entered we were greeted and seated immediately. Service was very good. I chose a starter (grilled salmon) and a side order of Sweet potatoes. I really didn't care for the sweet potatoes at all, they were bitter so I did not eat them.
The salmon was just enough for me to be satisfied. My fiance had the hangar steak with mashed potatoes and veggies. He thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

LOVE this neighborhood gem!!!! Delicious food. Great ambiance. Definitely worth traveling for.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our family of 5 went to Alvin's for the Thanksgiving buffet and had a wonderful time. Friendly, low-key, great food (especially the fried chicken and the mac and cheese additions to the traditional turkey and stuffing) and no dishes to wash afterward. I highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

A great alternative to cooking at home on the holidays. Great value for the money and nice southern cuisine

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I've loved Alvin in the past but last night was a bit of a mess. Wrong soup, dull fish, lukewarm food! Also, the food was extraordinarily salty - whoa!! I'm glad that I've eaten here a few times before because otherwise I would probably not return. All places have off nights and I guess this was one of theirs!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I've had many wonderful experiences here, but this time things were not up to their usual high standards. Some dishes were overcooked, others undercooked, some lacked all of the ingredients. We needed attention from two waiters to address mistakes in the orders placed and presented. Hopefully next time, Alvin and Friends will be back on their game.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place! Authentic Caribbean food! Great atmosphere!! The food is delicious!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not my favorite place in new Rochelle.

Had dinner the four of us on a Saturday night and it took a long time for a server to begin. Then the drink were warm, and took a long time. Salad arrived with walnuts instead of pecans as written in the menu. Being allergic to walnuts, I sent it back. Soup arrived, mild warm. Three strikes. After that we were taken care of pretty well.

Bill came and only the espressos and one drink was removed from the bill. Not worth it.

Probably won't be back. :-(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Terrific restaurant! We have been away for a while and hadn't a chance to visit over the past year. Always one of our favorites and it is even better now that when we last went! Beautiful space, great bar, excellent food, good, professional and friendly service and always Alvin keeping an eye on things and greeting his guests! Looking forward to going back often now that we are back in the area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I went on a Saturday night and there was a live band playing so the room was loud. The food was good, but they messed up our order so it took an hour to get our food. The waitress and the owner nicely apologized. I would give it another try.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The worst service we have experienced in a restaurant of this caliber--shame on the owners. They had one waiter for over 10 tables in their main dining room on a Saturday night. We had to ask several times if we could order drinks--we waited for our salad appetizers for over an hour. Dinner came an hour after the salad course--but again, we had to ask several times for the waiter to check on our order, finally getting up and involving the owners. The dinner in total took 3 hours and the lack of service was painful -- the owner did offer us a free round of drinks and even offered to pay for the one desert we ordered--only to have the second round of drinks and the desert show up on our bill, not once but twice--so we had to have the bill redone 3x before it was correct. It was also a birthday dinner—and, we had asked for a candle to be put into the birthday woman’s desert. We even wrote these instruction on our Openable reservation and spoke to the hostess when we arrived. She confirmed this would be done--needless to say, they did not put the candle in the desert. Clearly—no one remembered. When we were finally able to leave, they offered each couple a $25 gift certificate—we, were insulted by this amount and gave the gift certificates back, you could not buy a dinner entrée at this restaurant for $25. After this, they said they would credit our cards back for the entire dinner--we have not yet seen the credits online. Overall, this was a miserable experience that had the owners been on top of the situation could easily have been avoided. Really tragic--as the food is excellent.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place. Great music. I go there about 2x a month

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My friends and I have been to Alvin and Friends before for lunch, brunch, and meetings. I have always loved the food and the service. This was our first time back to lunch since you opened again for lunch. What one friend ordered first was not available so she ordered something else. It turned out the grilled cheese was burnt on one side and the cheese was not melted. My other friend and I both ordered chicken wings. Hers came out first, twenty -five minutes later, with my side dish and we had a very long wait for my wings, so my greens got cold. The waitress was very apologetic and very nice, but overall, we were not pleased. We meet once a month for lunch, but unfortunately we will not be going here again.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Second time we celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Food is always excellent. Servers are always courteous and knowledgeable. We feel comfortable is recommending this restaurant and bringing friends and family. I highly recommend the oxtail with peas and rice. Friends and family don't mind driving from Brooklyn to meet us here for dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I really enjoyed my dining experience at Alvin & Friends. The service is great, the food is flavorful and very good. The live music, during Sunday brunch, truly added to the experience. I would highly recommend dining here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Disappointing dinner. Drinks were good as was the appetizer (we shared the special sampler platter). However main courses were poor. I had the southern fried chicken (all white meat) and it was very dry. The side dishes were too spicy for me; I ate some of the mac & cheese but after tasting the braised greens couldn't eat them. My husband had seafood linguini which was ok but not great. Be warned: food is quite spicy even when the menu doesn't say that.
Decor is good and live music is a plus.

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We hadn't been in a few years. It is still a great place and the owner and the staff are great!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food: jazz superb. Like a NYC intimate jazz venue in a convenient Westchester setting. Special attention from owners Alvin and Gwen.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

ALWAYS LOVE GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT. RECENTLY HAD A WONDERFUL GIRLS' NIGHT OUT AND LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THE TWEAKS TO THE MENU.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great. Service was unacceptable for the prices that they are charging. Appetizers came out in a timely manner but our drinks arrived 10 mins later. And we our drinks first! Entrees came out in a timely manner. We ordered dessert and coffee. Coffee arrived 15 mins after we had finished dessert after asking 3 times. And we were charged for them!! Hard to recommend Alvin and Friends after this experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was delicious! The owner (Alvin) greeted all the tables -- and he even did the artwork hanging on the walls. I really loved the appetizers, the main dish (I had the pulled pork which had a mole-type sauce that was fantastic), and the desserts (banana bread pudding and the key lime pie). Overall excellent -- albeit somewhat pricey. Also, on a Saturday night, parking near the restaurant was difficult to find (although not the fault of the restaurant).

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

My date's entree was the mixed seafood pasta dish and he only 'liked' it.
My entree was the Jerk Duck which delicious. Skip the duck appetizer.

The noise level was out of control. I think the 'DJ' was drunk.

Our hostess and wiatress were pleasant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was absolutely delightful! I had the Sesame Soy Ginger Infused Tofu over a black bean salad that was amazing! It's not easy finding tasty vegetarian options when I go out, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Was new to the area and searched open table + Yelp for a good restaurant and what we found was Alvin and friends. Was pleasantly surprised by the live jazz (Saturday night) and that seems to be the normal here in the weekends.
Tried Alvins secret punch - delicious! Shrimp and grits - fantastic - and and order of the kale and quinoa... very good.
Alvin himself came to our table and welcomed us. He's extremely personable and it gave the night a very nice touch. Will return!!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were there for the first time and will absolutely be returning. Food was outstanding, paired with an upbeat vibe, makes Alvin a must try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great ambiance with fabulous art beautifully displayed. Sea bass was excellent and shrimp with grits was spectacular. Duck appetizer and arugula salad also very good. Excellent cheese cake, interesting rice creme brûlée. Great cosmos and good wine list. Attentive and friendly service.
Although not regulars Alvin came by to say hello. Worth the trip and yes, we will become regulars!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is great! The service is even better, my only gripe I think they can give you a little bit more food, but all in all I love this place I will be back again. Oh! I forgot to mention the owner (Alvin) walks around and greets everyone. Thanks Alvin for a great evening!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very nice place,people and staff and owner.Enjoy this place every time the chance is there to visit

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing staff and food. Walked in and was immediately greeted by the friendly hostess. Alvin took the time to stop by our table which I rarely see anymore. Food was excellent. Will be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My husband andI met a friend here for Saturday night dinner for the first time. Loved it! Great ambiance, delicious food and live music. The owner actually came over to the table and introduced himself. The only downside was the live music was loud which at times made conversation difficult. I would definately recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was hit or miss depending on what you order. Streak and grits were both excellent. Live Jazz music was beautiful. Service was not good and impacted our experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I love the food and ambiance of this place.
The service is spotty, however, depending upon how many people are in the restaurant. We had to wait much too long for our food to arrive.
Great rum punch!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food, amazing ambiance, definitely worth the drive!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Lovely restaurant, interesting menu of traditional Southern food with a Caribbean twist. Alvin, the owner visits often and greets each table, a warm and friendly touch that makes you feel very welcome. The shrimp and grits is very good ,our friend raved about the sea food pasta.

Our waiter was attentive but seemed stretched, my only complaint was we didn't get the marvelous corn muffins until late in the meal and I had to ask. They need to offer more than one per person, the corn muffins are very good.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I was looking for a new place for brunch on my "go to" app, Open Table when I found this gem in New Rochelle. I love everything about this restaurant. From the paintings on the wall (painted by the owner) the deliciously, authentic island/southern cuisine, the great live music to the excellent service. I appreciated the owner stopping by our table to introduce himself and then looked for us as we were leaving to thank us for coming in.

I had the fried chicken and waffles. The chicken was well seasoned with island spices and the waffle was light and airy. My friend had the cooked down salt fish with fried dumplings stating it was amazing from the first bite to the last.

We couldn't pass on dessert so ordered the rice pudding créeme brûlée and the white chocolate banana bread pudding. Both did not disappoint. Perfect end to a perfect meal.

I can't wait to share this place with my fellow foodies. I will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Salmon was very good. Prices are reasonable and it was a very pleasant experience. Will return soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

great bar, nice outdoor seating, tasty food, reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I celebrated an intimate 20th wedding anniversary Sunday brunch at Alvin and Friends. We totally enjoyed the ambience, jazz music and the food. The wait staff was attentive, cordial and helpful. Being a Caribbean, African American female, I was pleased to the variety of foods that satisfied my palate and cultural background. I was equally pleased to see the ethnic diversity that frequents this establishment. It is refreshing!
The only comment is the Curry Crab Chowder, which was delicious, BUT did not have enough crabmeat.
Besides that, we are eager to return to experience a weeknight jazz ensemble as well as taste the chicken and waffles.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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