The Portfolio: There’s lots more room at Alvin & Friends ever since the Southern/Caribbean-style restaurant moved from its old home on Lawton Street to Memorial Highway (formerly Nonna Teresa and, most recently, The Clubhouse Grill 42). You still get the same relaxed, urban vibe, but, this time, with a handsome private dining room that seats up to 80. Lesly Zamor, of Seed Design Solutions, basically plucked the sophisticated setting—which highlighted the stunning, Matisse-inspired oil paintings created by owner Alvin Clayton—from the old spot and brought it to this new, much-larger space.
Bonus: Clayton is one of the most gracious hosts you’ll ever meet. He treats his restaurant like it’s his home and your private affair like it’s his own personal shindig. In other words, expect up-to-the-minute, tailored-to-your-specifications service with prices targeted to your needs.
Book it: 14 Memorial Highway (914) 654-6549; alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com. Prices are determined based on your needs. Corporate discounts available.