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For 2
Sun, 2/25
7:30 PM
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Alvin and Friends

1086 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
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 1086 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 hours ago

The food was amazing! Alvin, the owner walked around and checked on his customers. It was a homey feeling and the live music was a treat, the singer was fantastic! Would definitely recommend for brunch, but we will be going back for dinner soon!

Beth (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a delicious mid-week dinner. It was tough to choose from the many menu options. The fried chicken was light and tasty; the blackened snapper was just spicy enough and the sides were well-seasoned. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Alvin came by to say, "Hi."
Already looking forward to a return visit.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 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 on February 17, 2018

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!

Shar (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

QuittenJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The worst dining experience i have ever had!! We live across the street and will never refurn. Waited 25 min AFTER we were seated to be asked what we wanted for dinner and we had never even seen a menu. Proceeded to order drjnks, waited 25 more min, hot our dronks and placed our order. We waited another 45 min and nothing. Not even im sorry your food is taking long. We finished our drinks pahed the bar tab and left. Not to mention this occured on Valentines day, i was going to propose that night! Never ever again. Its a shame, the food looked and smwlled great, wish i had the opportunity to eat it.

JessM (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipRani (New York Area)
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.