Welcome to Carmen’s Café

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Latest News & Updates: Carmen’s Blog

Best Cuban: Metroland Best of Food & Drink 2014  •  2014 Metroland Reader’s Poll: Best Tapas/Small Plates 1st Place; Best Breakfast 2nd Place;  Best Brunch 2nd Place; Best Caribbean 3rd Place; Best International 3rd Place; Best Cuban/American 1st Place (write in)

Help spread the good word—Carmen’s Cafe is on Yelp, TripAdvisor and UrbanSpoon.

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January Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9-4
Regular Hours start Feb 1: Thursday 11-6; Friday 11-10; Saturday & Sunday 9-4
Free Weekday Delivery to Downtown Troy w/ $15 Minimum
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Carmen’s Café is about great food and drink, and interesting conversation in a friendly, informal setting.

Cuban-Spanish-American food in a bistro setting. Carmen’s Café was founded with the idea that people need an easy, attractive place to gather; fresh, tasty wholesome food at reasonable prices; and interesting art, ideas and entertainment to feed their bodies and souls.

We enjoy the fine art of conversation and delight in our customers making new friends, trading the latest about their lives, and finding jobs, apartments, or new things to do.

We get a kick out of offering new tapas recipes or sangria blends.

We like to eat here ourselves to meet and greet new friends and old, and we wouldn’t open our doors if we didn’t.

Welcome to Carmen's Cafe!Carmen is Cuban/Puerto Rican. She cooks the food she grew up with, what she tasted while visiting relatives and friends in Spain and on the Islands. It’s a mix of Cuban, Spanish, American and more. We cook it all fresh with healthy ingredients. We always have vegetarian options– call about our non-dairy and gluten-free foods.

Join us Friday nights for Tapas, Spanish style—it’s not about a string of appetizers, it’s about small tastes that make a meal. You can spend less and still be satisfied, or dazzle your palate with a dozen bites!

Live music on Troy Night Out Fridays. Sign up for our email list at carmenscafe@nycap.rr.com for announcements. We also have occasional Community Nights, where a guest chef and cultural program make an evening’s entertainment.

Check out our Friday Tapas Menu, our Weekday Lunch & Dinner Menu,  and our Weekend Breakfast & Lunch Menu. Subscribe to the blog for weekly updates about our tapas specials and our entertainment schedule. Here’s a map and directions to our restaurant.

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Did You Know? Jim Lewis of Springwood Studios designed and fabricated the interior of Carmen’s Café, Troy NY.

Highlights include a counter carved from a huge Ailanthus tree, a spectacularly beautiful wood resembling American Ash. The Dance Floor is built of birch, cherry and aromatic red cedar in a stylized pattern of Brigid’s crosses. The result is a homey, convivial bistro-style interior, well suited for a neighborhood café. counter carved from a huge Ailanthus tree, a spectacularly beautiful wood resembling American Ash.


7 thoughts on “Welcome to Carmen’s Café

  1. Hi, I was wondering how I could contact someone regarding a reservation for about 30-35 people for brunch on 12/14/13? Thank you:)

  2. I haven’t been there is such a long time…it is so beautiful now! I see the skilled hand of the artist there in that woodwork!!! I’m coming with some girls from RPI for breakfast tomorrow, Wednesday, 10:30ish…I hope you are still open.

    • Michelle—

      I’m so glad you like our new look! Actually, we renovated four years ago, but it’s still a lot different than the old Carmen’s.

      Unfortunately, we won’t be open tomorrow. Starting Feb. 5 we’ll be open for lunch on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday as well as our current hours, Fri. 5-10 and Sat-Sun 9-4. We look forward to seeing you then— and please, have the waitress call us if we aren’t in when you visit!

  3. We celebrated our daughter’s first communion here and it was perfect. The food was amazing, completely authentic and we felt like we were with family. We can’t wait to go back.

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