Kasius & Heard bring World Beat Jazz to Carmen’s

herdElizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard will play Carmen’s, Friday night, Nov. 21 at 6 & 8 moving us with their wonderful music. Two sets, reservations suggested. $5 cover.


Check out their website to get a listen.  Every time they visit, they make amazing tunes.

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius – composer-pianist

HEARD New World Jazz The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles –jazz, classical and world music– into her captivating soundscape.

Jonathan Greene – woodwinds. Woodwinds player Jonathan is an active freelance musician in the New York Capital Region’s jazz, world and classical scenes.

Bobby Kendall – Bass. Bobby Kendall, bass, brings his great experience as a jazz, rock, and post-rock stand-up and electric bass player to HEARD.

Brian Melick – drums/percussion. Brian Melick is a percussive treasure who is known for his unique “hybrid” sound, built from his incredible collection of world music instruments.

Zorkie Nelson – drums/percussion/vocal. West African drummer Zorkie Nelson comes from a long line of Ghanaian master drummers and brings an exciting and deep richness to the music of Heard.

Great Lunches!

Wed & Thurs: lunch & dinner 11-6 • Fri: lunch & tapas dinner 11-10 • Sat & Sun • breakfast & lunch 9-4
Local Delivery $15 minimum weekdays only 518.326.2064
198 First Street • Troy, NY

Cuban BreadCuban Bread

straight from the source

We are now importing Pan Cubano, made the Cuban way, all the way from the source— Papito’s Cuban Bakery in New Jersey’s Little Havana! We drove down specifically to get these beauties, and we’ll be bringing them in fresh twice a week so our flavors are more authentic.

The little ones are Media Noches (middle of the night), a sweeter bread and just as tasty!

Tapas Samples!Holiday_Partyc6d7b6

Try tastes of our famous tapas— we’ll have Jamon Serrano, Marinated Manchego with Marcona Almonds, fine cheeses and fresh fruits. We’ll pass out sips of Sangria and our new Fentiman’s sodas!

Fentiman’s SodasFentiman's Sodas

Imported from England, these botanical soft drinks feature complex combinations of flavors, distilled and fermented from herbs and spices.

Reduced sugar, eminently satisfying, they are a delicious alternative to mass-market soft drinks.


Cleanse your palate– build your body right with Carmen’s half and whole Garden Salads

Sandwiches!Chicken B.L.A.T

All w/ our own cole slaw and potato wedges

Roast Turkey w/ Wensleydale– Cranberry Wensleydale, arugula & our own marinated tomato spread

Grilled Brie– w/ thin sliced apples and arugula pesto on artisan bread

Black Bean Burger– fresh and tasty, vegetarian, w/ lettuce, onion, & tomato on artisan roll


All home made and tasty

Flamenco – yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s great as a stew without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan

Cream of Mushroom– with exotic mushrooms

Turkey Rice – with our own fresh baked turkey

There’s always the CubanoCubano

with real Pan Cubano!

We have always built great Cubanos, now they are even better! We start with Pan Cubano, authentic Cuban bread (or a Media Noche if you prefer, a bit sweeter and just as delicious.

We layer it with Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Pickles, add a dab of Mustard and wow, what a flavor!

Cuban Valentine’s with Mundo Nuevo!-3

This Friday, Feb. 14. Reservations strongly recommended for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians

MasterCard  —  Discover  —  Visa  —  American Express accepted.


Mundo Nuevo Holiday at Carmen’s

Tapas Specials for Friday, December 13

Beef Chorizo Sliders

Butternut Squash Soup

Pan Seared Salmon
w/ creamy dill sauce over saffron rice

NY Strip Steak
w/ demi glace & crispy potato

Arroz con Pollo
chicken stewed in herbed tomato broth, slow cooked w/ rice, olives, peppers & capers

Asparagus wrapped in Eggplant
w/ fresh mozzarella & tomato lime sauce


Blackberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Mundo Nuevo!

Friday, Dec. 13—
Sweet Latin jazz from the area’s best band
Shows at 6 & 8 pm   —   $5 cover
—dance to the music!
(reservations recommended)

Almond Crusted French Toast

Oh, My, it’s good!
French Toast, crusted with chopped almonds, drizzled with our own caramel sauce, topped with our own fresh-whipped cream, and garnished with fresh red raspberries
One taste and you’ll speak with an accent forever!

Party Hearty at Carmen’s!


Reserve a Table for a small party and we’ll serve you family style.  Is it a birthday?  Let us know and we will give you a special gift!

Pick A Time for your larger party and we’ll open just for you—  sit down or buffet, cash bar or open, with a special menu created just for you!

Remember, we make it ourselves:  Everything from the sangria and wine cocktails to the bacon and chorizo right on down to the ketchup.  We love to cook and we love fresh food!

Passero! Live Spicy Latin Jazz— tight rhythms of your favorite tunes Friday 11/22


Live Spicy Latin Jazz— tight rhythms of your favorite tunes 11/22. 2 shows 6 & 8PM, $5 cover http://ow.ly/qVHJN #LiveMusic

Check out their music!

Century Plays Benefit for Collar City Ramble at Carmen’s

Friday, August 30
Benefit for The Collar City Ramble

Michael Century
with Kimberly Dolanski, vocals
and James Hanford, violin
Shows at 6 & 8  $5 Cover each
—donations will be collected for The Collar City Ramble,
and all-access path connecting fun sites through and around Troy
Read All About It At www.CollarCityRamble.com

Tapas Specials for Friday, August 30

Cuban Bouillabaisse
Shrimp, Mussels, Clams & Scallops
 in a tomato broth over saffron rice

Chorizo Stuffed Chicken Breast
w/ Creamy Coriander Sauce over Saffron Rice & Plantains

Short Ribs w/ Beef-Chili jus
w/ Roasted Red Potatoes & Veggie

Beet & Sweet Potato Stack
w/ House-Made Ricotta, topped w/ Swiss Chard & Walnut Pesto


Fresh Peach Miracle Dessert

Now Showing:
Willie Marlowe

Yellow Track
A Splash Of Color
Open Window and Spiral Light, acrylic on paper, 14 1/4″ x 16″
Through November 25

Carmen’s Café

—open 5-10 Friday for Tapas & Music
9-4 Saturday & Sunday for Breakfast-Lunch

198 First Street (Corner of Adams)
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 326-2064

Doc Scanlon Trio plays Carmen’s! Troy Night Out Friday 7-26

Call 518 326 2064 for reservations

Friday, July 26 Troy Night Out:

Doc Scanlon Trio
plays Carmen’s!

Doc Scanlon plays hot swing jazz of the 1920’s through the 1940’s, classic rhythm & blues, New Orleans Jazz, Motown and 1950’s & 60’s roots rock. His song list can include the great standards of Gershwin, Berlin & Porter as well as the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller and Benny Goodman as well as the roots rock & roll of Elvis, Chuck Berry & Buddy Holly.

Shows at 6 & 8  Cover $5 each

Mundo Nuevo Troy Night Out Friday March 29th @ 6 & 8 PM

Mundo Nuevo Troy Night Out Friday March 29th @ 6 & 8 PM

Mundo Nuevo is a musical quartet that is dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Lush vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, bongo and flute deliver the music of Rafael Hernandez, Miguel Matamoros, Armando Manzanero, Antonio Carlos Jobim and many more of the composers that make up the Latin American Songbook.

Mundo Nuevo

Troy Night Out at Carmen’s with Sunny Side Of The Street Band: Gypsy Swing and Hot Trombone Jazz

Call 518 326 2064 for reservations
Troy Night Out (Last Fridays) @ 6 & 8 PM $5 cover

February 22: Sunny Side Of The Street Band
Gypsy Swing and Hot Trombone Jazz

Sunny Side Of The Street Band Poster

Direct your feet to …

Sonny & Perley / Tapas / Make Brunch Plans / The Nellies

Here’s what’s happening this weekend at Carmen’s:

Sonny & Perley Live Friday: Enjoy a wonderful evening of  Tapas, Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret…

We are serving our famous Cuban inspired Breakfast and Lunch this Saturday & Sunday. You’ve cooked enough last week, take a break, sleep in and let us do the fixing this weekend.

Victorian Stroll Entertainment by the Nellies on Sunday December 2nd. 2-6PM, No Cover

Christine & Elliot Spero — Jazz, Latin & Pop Friday 11/9

November 9th : Christine & Elliot Spero – Playing a mix of Jazz, Latin & Pop Our unique versions of Jobim to Joni / Brazil 66 to Burt Bacharach, Carole King to Carlos, Beatles, Originals & more. Jazz, Latin, Brazilian improvisational NU jazz Music Group.

Photo of jazz musicians Christine & Elliot Spero

Christine & Elliot Spero – Playing a mix of Jazz, Latin & Pop Our unique versions of Jobim to Joni / Brazil 66 to Burt Bacharach, Carole King to Carlos, Beatles, Originals & more. Jazz,Latin,Brazilian improvisational NU jazz Music Group

Cafe open from 5–10pm with music in two live shows from 6–7:30 or 8–9:30 5$ Cover. Call 518 326 2064 for reservations

~ Tapas Specials for Friday, November 9 ~

Soups: cup/bowl
Roasted Corn Chowder w/ Yucca & Avocado
Black Bean w/ Chorizo & Bacon
Black Bean w/ Corn

Yucca Chicken Croquettes
w/ Red Pepper Sauce

Mixed Grill Plate
Lamb Chop, Duck Breast, & Filet Mignon
served w/ Garlic Mashed Yucca & Braised Greens

Sauteed Shrimp
w/ Coriander-Cream Sauce over Saffron Rice

Pan Seared Chicken Breast
w/ Red Pepper Sauce & Yucca Fries

Cilantro-Lime Crispy Tofu
Served over Rice & Veggies

~ Desserts ~

Mango-Lime Cheesecake

~ Full Dinner Menu Here ~