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Da Urban Spoon – A List Of Local African-American Owned Restaurants

Alvin & Friends (New Rochelle)

Upscale modern Southern & Caribbean cuisine in a cozy, elegant

Upscale modern Southern & Caribbean cuisine in a cozy, elegant space graced with vibrant artwork, described by The New York Times as “a darling of downtown New Rochelle,” Alvin & Friends– selected by Open Table users for a 2015 Diner’s Choice award and winner of a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor — serves contemporary cuisine with Southern and Caribbean flavors. Alvin & Friends – Zagat rated 26 for food, 26 for décor and 26 for service, and named by Westchester Magazine as one of the “Best of Westchester” four years in a row – combines urban sophistication with comfortable elegance: Wooden panels inset with glass windows carve the main room into cozy dining areas, while dramatic iron-and-hemp chandeliers accent the high ceilings and provide a counterpoint to the colorful artwork that covers the walls. Indeed, the dozens of stunning, Matisse-inspired oil paintings — created by owner Alvin Clayton — are part of the restaurant’s signature look.

But it’s not just the atmosphere or the paintings — or the mouthwatering menu – that keep customers coming back to Alvin & Friends: Clayton is an engaging and genuine host. “The restaurant is really an extension of my home: I want people to feel welcome from the moment they step through that door. I know that people have choices, and I’m genuinely honored that they choose to be with us,” he says.

“You may not enter Alvin & Friends as one of the pals of the owner, Alvin Clayton, but by the time you leave you’re likely to feel that you’ve
become one.” — The New York Times

“From the warm greeting to the upscale food, friendly service, and welcoming ambiance, dining at Alvin & Friends truly gave me the feeling that I added to my circle of friends. I look forward to visiting the Claytons again soon.” — The Scarsdale Inquirer

Enjoy their new patio, dine outside Wednesdays through Sundays

Address: 14 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle, NY 10801 – Tel: (914) 654-6549 – Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

@alvinandfriendsrestaurant – Twitter: @AFRestaurant – Instagram @alvinand

Jungle Restaurant (Mount Vernon)

Jungle Restaurant is an authentic Caribbean Cuisine conveniently located in the Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon, in the former Casa Cubana space. Jungle provides a variety of delectable Caribbean dishes (Jamaica, West Indies) inspired. Chef Duran and his team provides the ultimate JamRock experience! Jungle offers an extended Catering Menu, private dining reservations, monthly events & more…

Traditional lunch and dinner dishes include oxtail ($17.99), curried goat ($14.99) and jerk chicken ($13.99). The snapper ($19.99) can be prepared with brown stew, steamed or escovitch, a style in which fried fish is topped with a spicy sauce and pickled vegetables. The Jungle wild salmon ($19.99) can be prepared with sweet chili, jerk, curry, barbecue or stew.

Jungle serves non-Jamaican food like pasta and three kinds of burgers. The restaurant also caters to vegetarians with a veggie tofu stir-fry ($14.99) and a plantain with bok choy ($11.99) dish.

The dining room accommodates up to 18 diners on tables for two or four that have white tablecloths topped with glass. There are also two tables for two on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Right now only take out and delivery by GrubHub is available.

Address: 9 W Grand St, Mt Vernon, NY 10552 – Tel: 914-699-9555
Website – Instagram: @jungle_restaurant/
Monday’s closed; Tuesday – Thursday 11 am -9:30 pm; Fridays -Saturdays 11 am-11 pm; Sundays 11:30 am- 7:30 pm – 2 min walk from Maggie Spillane’s Ale House and Rooftop

Steam House Restaurant & Lounge (Mt. Vernon)

A Caribbean restaurant that serves traditional American and Native Caribbean cuisine as well as steamed seafood, in a fine dining room setting. Steam House’s goal is to serve the freshest and the most delicious food because all food is cooked fresh for each order!

Their experienced chefs are skilled at preparing mouthwatering appetizers and entrees that will surely become favorites of yours. The dining room seats approximately 80 guests is great from dining in or hosting an event, there is also extra seating in the lounge area. The bar is stocked with the best in premium wine and spirits, 5 flat-screen TVs, and an 80-inch projector for viewing so you can enjoy your favorite shows or sports while you dine; or listen to great music playing through our wonderful state of the art sound system.

Steam House is the perfect venue for meetings, parties, and any other type of special event. They hosted my 50th Birthday party on Superbowl Sunday 2016.

Address: 128 Gramatan Ave, Mt Vernon, NY 10550 – Tel: (914) 371-1219 Email: – Website

Off the Hook (West Haverstraw) 

Got a craving for fish and chips? Expect fried clams, shrimp and grits, halibut, and more. Off the Hook, is a family run business that puts out the freshest fried, steamed, and pan-seared fish in the Hudson Valley.

Off the hook of Haverstraw was formed in 2006. They serve the fried fish of the American South and provide an assortment of homemade sides that include Southern-inspired sides like candied yams, coleslaw, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and black-eyed peas.

Address: 15 S. Route 9W, West Haverstraw, NY 10993 – Tel: 845-947-8848,  Email: – WebsiteFacebookInstagram – Delivery available from UberEats, GrubHub & Door Dash

FortyNorth Caribbean Cuisine Kitchen  & Bar (Hastings-on-Hudson)

Restaurant | Event Space | Venue | Catering

A collaboration between fine dinning and Caribbean cuisine. The Island of Forty North brings an extremely authentic Caribbean menu. Enjoy your meal along with the benefits of sitting down next to river views while watching the sunset. The family based meals will bring true satisfaction to your taste pallet. Forty North Caribbean Kitchen & Bar is a special venue styled to cater to birthday celebrations, weddings, and many other intimate gatherings.

Address: 100 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 – Tel: (914) 274-8655 Email: 40northcaribbean@gmail.comWebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter


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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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