Closed on 4th of July. Open Sun July 5th Beakfast, Brunch, Lunch

We are closed at the Cafe and the Farmer’s Market Sat. July 4th.

We’re going to the annual family picnic.
A wonderful 4th to all !

The Café is open for breakfast brunch lunch on Sunday July 5th 9-4.

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Our Sunday Specials are: Tostada: Eggs layered with a crispy fried tortilla, home fries, veggie or chorizo hash, manchego cheese, and lime crema, plus ranchero sauce made from vine-ripe fresh tomatoes.

Weekend Breakfast Menu

Weekend Lunch Menu


new benches

Perfect Sidewalk Weather At the sign of the bee.
Enjoy the new benches!

Weekend Menu Served All Week / Friday Tapas Specials / Fall Music Calendar

Weekend Breakfast Menu Served All Week!

And why shouldn’t we serve it all the time, when our scrumptious breakfasts are what first made Carmen’s famous? Any time you want Huevos Flamencos, Cuban Eggs, Flan French Toast or a Ricardo Omelet, come on by!

Weekday Specials:

Cuban Sliders topped w/ caramelized onions & avocado


Plus our regulars

Friday Tapas Specials

Friday night, and maybe over the weekend too

Grilled Salmon over couscous

Costillitas de Cerdo Cuban Spare Ribs w/ pineapple guava glaze

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread


(Full Tapas Menu Here)

Fall Music Calendar

(Bookmark the Event Calendar Here)

Sensemaya 9/19
Mundo Nuevo 10/24
Elizabeth Kasius & Heard 11/21
The Nellies Victorian Stroll 12/7
Mundo Nuevo 12/19

Crabcakes Benedictus

Succulent Crabcakes with Hollandaise and Eggs

Succulent Crabcakes with Hollandaise and Eggs


Start with silver-dollar-sized crabcakes on an English muffin.  Top with poached eggs, spoon on  fresh-made Hollandaise.  Serve with a generous wedge of avocado and home fries.

These were flying out of the kitchen yesterday. We ran out before 11 yesterday, so we made a double batch today. If you can’t get in soon, call to reserve yours now!

Kasha Sunrise Wins It!

two eggs over kasha & caramelized onions, served w/ avocadoIt was as much fun judging as eating—  68 entries, some with as many as ten names!  But Carmen trudged through, in between laughter and amazement—  the sheer audacity of Uncle Bill’s “Carmen’s Sunny Runny Oniony Lil Rascals” left us wondering how long it would take Paula to write down the order, but earned him the runnerup’s prize—  the new Kasha breakfast or a hot Cubano Sandwich, your choice.

Some we loved, but just didn’t seem right for our menu, like “2 Bucked Up Eggs,” by Chuck.  It’s great to see Carmen laugh so hard.  Same story for “Buck ‘N’Cluck,” by Carol Werner.  Likewise the Kasha or the Cubano for both of you.

The Grand Winner is Kasha Sunrise, submitted by Ken and Mike.

It wasn’t what we were thinking of, but when the name hits you, it hits, and there is no denying.  Thanks, guys—  you get a complete breakfast for two, with all the trimmings, as promised.

Wait! The rest of you—  don’t go away! We wouldn’t leave you in the cold.  Everyone who entered, come in this Friday, March 14, and have a sip on us.  Sangria, Minty Iced Tea, or our new Jim-Gerale, a low sugar, strong ginger alt-soft drink.  Make it between 5:30 and 7 and we’ll have a plate of appetizers out and be on hand to share the good cheer.

Cubano Sandwich BitesFine details:  Prizes must be claimed in person in the next month—  thru April 13 (drinks are only this Friday, 3/14).  Print out your email notification as your ID.  For sangria, you must be over 21.  Call us at (518) 326-2064 with questions.

Thanks for entering!

Specials for the Weekend— January 25 & 26

Cranberry Walnut Pancakes
Photo of our new special: Cranberry Walnut Pancakes
Deliciously multigrain, from our own recipe.

Beef & Chorizo Sliders
w/ Swiss dijon sauce

Photo of our new special Beef & Chorizo Sliders w/ Swiss dijon sauce

New! Cranberry Cosmo

Get ready for our expanded hours. Starting February 5th we’ll be open
for weekday lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus our usual Friday Nights and Weekends.

Raspberry Cosmo

Saki, Raspberries and more, plus that good ol' Carmen's goodness!

Raspberry Cosmo at Carmen’s!

As long as we can get these delightfully fresh, grown-in-America Red Raspberries, we are happy to serve delightful drinks like the Raspberry Cosmopolitan. Made with Saki so it’s light and treats your head right. NA version available.

Beef & Chorizo Sliders

Photo of our new special: Beef & Chorizo Sliders
You can tell we took our time with the picture, there’s only one left on the plate. Sure, we are happy to sell you just one, in this case there’s a side of Yucca Fries with it. But most people order two. They just seem to go down better that way.

This Weekend at Carmen’s Cafe / New Expanded Schedule / Breakfast & Lunch Specials

Weekend Specials —

Saturday & Sunday January 11 & 12
Open 9-4 Sat. & Sun
Closed Fridays until February 7

Hanger Steak and Egg
w/ Toast & Homefries

Multigrain Pancakes
w/ Cranberries & Walnuts

Grilled Manchego Cheese Sandwich
& Mango Chutney
 w/ Yucca Fries

Cheddar Cheeseburger
w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Yucca Fries


Regular Hours Resume With A Bonus

Wednesday, February 5

Our new hours will be
Wednesday and Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-10
Saturday & Sunday 9-4
Local Delivery on Weekdays


Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast
In the Holiday Spirit
Our delightful French Toast made with Amazing Eggnog (the favorite of our Holiday Party!) Get it with bacon for the perfect sweet-salty combo!

House-cured Smoked Bacon

Fresh Bacon
We cure, smoke and slice our bacon, fresh for you. Chorizo sausage too. Why? It tastes sooooooo good, and because we care.

This Weekend at Carmen’s Cafe

Fresh Squeezed!

Citrus Cooler—
A tangy blend of Lemon, Lime & Orange
sweetened with juice so there’s no added sugar!

Tapas Menu for Friday, June 14

Cumin Coriander Crusted Filet Mignon
w/ Potato Pancake & Veggie

Arroz con Pollo
Braised Chicken & Rice

Mussels, Shrimp  & Chorizo
w/ Coconut-Lime Broth
in a Bed of Rice

Avocado Mac & Cheese
w/ Roasted Red Peppers

Black Bean & Corn Salad


Special for Father’s Day—
 ¡Steak & Eggs All Weekend!

Through August 25—
Joy Adams
Strange Paradise
works on paper and paintings

Last of the Summer Thistles—  Oil on Board
Last of the Summer Thistles—  Oil on Board

The Nellies perform at CArmen's CAfe for The Troy Victorian Stroll

Sunday, 12/ 2: Victorian Stroll Come Hear The Nellies: energetic rootsy, alt-country, Americana band

Sunday, 12/ 2: Victorian Stroll Come Hear The Nellies 2-6PM, No Cover

Victorian Stroll Special: Fresh Scratch-Made Spicy Hot Chocolate



The Nellies are an Albany, NY based, rootsy, alt-country, Americana band. The band is driven by core singer-songwriter duo, Karen Ann Gilpin (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica) who both contribute driving rhythms and beautiful two part harmonies to their songs. They are joined by Gene Lemme who keeps The Nellies in line on the upright bass. Also joining The Nellies at shows are an assortment of stellar lead players such as Kevin Maul and Mike McMann, as well as others. You will find The Nellies’ energy contagious. Their fun loving stage presence will put a smile on your face.

Karen Ann and Peggy write a number of the songs that The Nellies perform and combine them with well chosen covers performed by Fred Eaglesmith, Donna the Buffalo, The Grateful Dead, Kasey Chambers, Gram Parsons, Abigail Washburn, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch as well as the inclusion of some favorite, traditional bluegrass songs.

The Nellies have proudly released their first CD in October of 2011 and are laying the musical groundwork for their next release. You will find The Nellies playing at a variety of events and venues in the greater Albany, NY area – please go to our gigs tab to see where we’ll be playing next and feel free to contact us to play at a venue near you!

Carmen’s Cafe is Very Social

We’re now on the Social Web so you can stay up to date with everything going on at Carmen’s Cafe (and share the news with your friends) – Catering Services, Weekly Specials, New Menu Items, Live Music, and Featured Fine Artists — by following us on this blog,  Twitter – @CarmensCafeTroy “Like” our Facebook Fan Page, or send us your email address if you prefer. We also encourage you to share your reviews on Yelp.

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Carmen's Cafe

Breakfast Buffet Next Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Carmen's Cafe

Next Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, we are trying something different. Every once in a while we have a Breakfast Buffet instead of our usual cook-to-order. It’s a good time to try something different, to fill your hunger both for the new and different and for the tried and true. Menu:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Chorizo Scrambled Eggs
  • Flamenca (Chorizo Stew, eaten with eggs)
  • Bacon
  • Home Fries
  • Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes
  • Fruit Platter w. Yoghurt Dip
  • Cheese Platter
  • Toast
  • Coffee-Tea-Juice

Price is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12.

If you like it we’ll do it more often, so let us know, even if you can’t come in this weekend.