Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, NY- Happy Hump Day with A Post Discovery Southern Meal

This was a big dinner at Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle. There were about 15 of us after a project discovery meeting. Alvin’s is always comfortably inviting with delicious southern food. I brought the group here after my last meal at Alvin’s; the experience of the slow-simmered oxtail was so good. Alvin did not disappoint this time. We had laughter, alcohol of all varieties, duck breast, skirt steak, fried oysters, Haitian piklis, and calloloo. Everything was finger-licking’ good!

Happy Hump Day! May your day pass quickly and painlessly.

Special of the Day: Grilled asparagus with tomatoes
Blackened Tofu:Black-eyed pea salad, XVOO Jerk Chicken Wings: house-made jerk sauce
Cornmeal Fried Oysters: With vegetable chow chow, lemon-caper tartarButtermilk Fried Chicken: Slow-cooked greens with smoked turkey, three cheese macaroni and cheese
Grilled Skirt Steak: Cayenne roasted potato wedges, asparagus and BBQ aioli  Shrimp & Grits: The Original Grit Girl stone-ground grits, peppers and onions, baby spinach, pot likker butter sauce
Butternut squash-Quinoa “Risotto”: Butternut squash-quinoa “risotto,’” apple cider gastriqueAuntie Barbara’s Callaloo: Coconut rice and peas, escovitch vegetables
Jerk Rubbed Duck Breast: Sweet plantain bread pudding, port wine reduction, watercressSlow-Simmered Oxtail: Coconut rice and peas, Haitian piklis

This was a lazy post (It’s Wednesday. What can I say?) but I hope you enjoy the food pics.

This experience took place at

Alvin & Friends

14 Memorial Hwy
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone:(914) 654-6549

Dubrovnik Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY – Terrific Food and Slow Service Makes Patient Dinners

Recently I was introduced to Croatian cuisine at the Dubrovnik Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY. Yum. The food was sensational, especially the sardines! It was the best preparation of sardines that I have ever had. The octopus salad was no slouch either. Both are extremely fresh – I could taste the crispness of the lemon and the stringent quality of the sourness. It sent tingle up my scalp! But the service was very slow… borderlined on poor. I had to chase down the waiter to get the menu and place the order. Not sure if it was because of the time of the day (2pm on a raining Sat afternoon) or because Croatians are just laid back people.

Marinated Sardines: Fresh sardines marinated in lemon juice. Fantastic. Loved it.

Octopus Salad: Octopus with capers, red onions, potatoes, extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar. Great. Loved it as well.

Čevapčići: A traditional croatian dish of grilled minced meat, a type of kebab/sausage served with ajvar vegetable spread, red onions and pita bread. The grilled meat sausages were moist on the inside and nice and firm on the outside. The ajar vegetable spread is the best part of the dish. Dipping the meat into the spread and then coupling up with some red onions is the way to go.

Shellfish Stew: mussels, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and white wine. In comparison to the three awesome dishes above, the stew was not amazing. Tasted good but not outstanding.

Rozata: Croatian style flan. Could have easily passed on the flan. The consistency and the texture are neither smooth nor dense/matte. This was not a successful rendition of the flan.

Palacinke Dubrovnik: Croatian style crepes served warm and filled with choice of: ricotta cheese and lemon zest, rose hip or apricot jam OR ice-cream and Nutella. So I learned that Croatians are not great with desserts. This is supposed to be a very authentic dessert and I could have easily passed on it. Worse than the flan.

But- The Sardines, Octopus and the Grilled Meat were terrific and worth the wait.  I will dream of the marinated sardines tonight! Definitely highly recommend the Dubrovnik Restaurant.

This experience took place at

Dubrovnik Restaurant
721 Main St,
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Noma Social in New Rochelle, NY – A Beautiful Restaurant in a Bleak and Sucky Neighborhood

Noma Social is a new American tapas restaurant in New Rochelle, NY. Noma Social is located in the Radisson Hotel and has a beautiful website and spiffy marketing with celebrity endorsement and press. Once you are inside it, the restaurant does look like the photos on the web site. The food is also decent.

What they don’t tell you is that the restaurant is not in a good neighborhood. It’s by the highway entrance and next to a Toyota dealership. Therefore, the view from those floor to ceiling windows looks out to the dirty concrete parking lot and the dealership. Further, in the parking lot, there are cars that look like hoarders’ cars with garbage filled up to the windows. The entrance to the restaurant is so bleak and hidden and we hesitated to go in.

Brussels Sprouts Chips: sea salt. This is an 8 out of 10.

Octopus in Purgatory: toasted garlic, chile, evoo. This is a 6 out of 10.

Burrata: daily prep, garlic croustade. This is an 8 out of 10.

Grilled Portobello: herbed goat cheese, balsamic. Fellow dinners loved the goat cheese. They would probably rate this as a 9 out of 10 but for me this is a 7 out of 10.

Cauliflower Steak: romesco sauce, olive oil. This is a 4 out of 10.

Blistered Shishitos: sea salt, olive oil. The peppers are interesting but unfortunately it is a 5 out of 10.

Esclavada: egglplant, squash, roasted tomatoes, olivada. This is a 6 out of 10.

Shrimp: toasted garlic, marsala, chile flakes, herbs. This is a 4 out of 10.

Would I return? I would love to for the food but am unsure about the neighborhood. It was fine since I went with two other women. But if I were alone in that parking lot late at night, it would not be my idea of a good time. Pepper spray, ice pick, or an armed escort?

This experience took place at

Noma Social
1 Radisson Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 576-4141