“It's not any one thing that makes Alvin and Friends so special. Sure, the jazz music wafting through the speakers is inviting. And of course, the soulful paintings — all done by the owner — lining the dining room walls are absolutely mesmerizing. And then there's the transformative Southern/Caribbean cooking, which is a standout all on its own. But when you throw them all together...and add in all-smiles hospitality from owner Alvin Clayton - well then you have something really extraordinary. To put it simply: There's nothing else like it in Westchester. In fact, there may be nothing else like it anywhere.”
— The Journal News
Jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik, formerly a fixture at Larchmont’s late lamented Watercolor Café, is now appearing regularly at Alvin & Friends. On Saturday, September 10th and September 24th the Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to the main dining room with Leslie Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass, and Michael Sarin on drums.. The New Yorker called Leslie’s 2014 CD In The Nature of Things “one of the most captivating recordings to come out so far this year,” and WBGO described it as “a gorgeous display of the trio.” About her most recent CD True North (released in March 2016), AllAboutJazz.com wrote “Getting lost in this music is simply a joy…. If 2016 has a more pleasurable listen to offer than True North, this writer hasn’t heard it yet. ” The trio performs regularly at NYC jazz venues and has released five CDs; Downbeat Magazine says “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating…. Their elation is contagious.” No cover charge, but tables in the main dining room are reserved for those ordering a meal and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
It’s a Sunday Kind of Love: Join us every weekend for Alvin & Friends Jazz Brunch, featuring live music and a delectable menu of brunch favorites. In addition to some of our most requested Starters, Salads and Entrees our Brunch menu features Eggs and Omelets (including the popular Mo’Bay Omelet with Jerk shrimp or chicken, sweet plantain, peppers and onions) and Chef’s Specials like Grilled Peach French Toast (pictured here), Saltfish Cook-Up with fried dumplings, and House-Smoked Pork Belly with Alvin’s Rum Punch sauce, topped with a sunnyside-up egg and served with home fries. We also offer Brunch Cocktails by the pitcher and a Kids’ Menu!
Are you a fan of mysteries? Or have you ever wondered what it takes to write one? On Thursday, September 29th join The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation for Cocktails & Conversation: Murder Mystery Edition, second in a series of Cocktails & Conversation events, designed as opportunities to mingle with — and hear from — Westchester’s literati. The evening will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at award-winning restaurant Alvin & Friends (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) and will feature drinks, savories and spirited conversation with two noted mystery authors, Maggie Barbieri, who writes as Maggie McConnon, and Laura Bradford (pictured at left), who also writes as Elizabeth Lynn. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Amy Bass, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of History at The College of New Rochelle. The cost is $40 per person (includes two glasses of wine or beer and nibbles). Copies of the authors’ latest books will be available for sale and signing from The Voracious Reader (1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538; phone: (914) 630-4581; email@example.com.) Tickets can be reserved online at www.nrplfoundation.org or you can send a check to NRPL Foundation, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Alvin & Friends will offer a complimentary glass of wine with your entrée should you decided to also stay afterwards for dinner. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder 101 series and a new series starring baker Maeve Conlon, the first of which is entitled Once Upon a Lie. The Murder 101 series is comprised of Murder 101 (2006), Extracurricular Activities (2007), Quick Study (2008), Final Exam (2009), Third Degree (2010), Physical Education (2011) and Extra Credit (2012). She lives in the New York metro area/Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children. By day she’s a writer and editor of college textbooks. As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the upcoming Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.