Prix Fixe Dinners

Friday, October 31st Served 5-9

Braised Oxtail fontina grits, apple gastrique, fried leeks, cilantro

Smoked Baby Pork Loin whipped plantains w coconut, butternut squash hay, pineapple rosemary demiglace

Butter Poached Monkfish fried green tomatoes, pine nut couscous, pink lemon pearls, white wine syrup

Includes Choice of Dessert:


Chocolate Satin Cake

Pear-Apple Tart

30, or w/ red or white sangria 35

Full Tapas Menu Also Available

as is wine, beer, and Jim-Gerale

Bringing you Specials and Events from Carmen’s Cafe, a Cuban-American Bistro in the Heart of South Troy

SensemayaSensemaya Trio Plays Carmen’s

This Friday, September 26 — Shows @ 6 & 8, $5 cover each

One of the greatest Latin bands around, and they are coming to Carmen’s Friday!

Interesting—  Sensemaya and Mundo Nuevo share Walter Ramos (second from left)

Wanna dance? Great music. Wanna listen? ditto.

Gambas al Ajillo  Grilled Jumbo Shrimp in a garlic and wine sauce over cous cous

Gambas al Ajillo
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp in a garlic and wine sauce over cous cous

—Tapas Specials for Friday 9/26 Troy Night Out

Pan Seared Tilapia w/ Garlic-Wine-Cilantro Sauce over Saffron Rice

Gambas al Ajillo Grilled Jumbo Shrimp in a garlic and wine sauce over cous cous

Braised Beef Short Ribs over mashed potatoes

Pernil Pulled Pork over saffron rice w/chimichurri sauce

Desserts: expanded offerings:


Apple Bread Pudding

Key Lime Pie

Rawspberry Chocolate Cake

Full Tapas Menu Here

Full Upcoming Events Calendar Here

Love Live Music? Mark your Calendar Now:

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

Tapas¡Lunch! We make it great, fresh cooked and tasty!

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


Check out our full menu!

Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board

Spend Troy Night Out at Carmen’s Cafe w/ Mundo Nuevo—Cuban Beat / Tapas for Friday March 29th / Easter Dinner

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



Roasted Ham w/braised cabbage and roasted potatoes

Seafood Bouillabaisse w/lobster, shrimp, scallops and mussels in a tomato-herb broth, served over saffron rice

Braised Leg of Lamb w/a cilantro-lime gremolata, served with potato pancakes and veggie

Vegetarian Tumbet, stewed in a tomato broth w/chickpeas, eggplant, and potato and topped with baked phyllo


Yellow Sponge Cake, drizzled w/Grand Marnier, topped with a mango froth, and served with fresh fruit

~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

~ Full Lunch Menu Here ~

MasterCard — Discover — Visa — American Express accepted.

Easter Dinner

Join us at Carmen’s! We are having the traditionals— Ham, Lamb, and Veggie! Plus chicken, and we’ll have them all through the weekend.


Easter Bunnies, engaged in their annual practice of hiding eggs

TNO / Sunny Side of the Street / Tapas Specials / New Art Exhibit / Vote for Carmen’s Cafe

Feast your ears! Enjoy Troy Night Out at Carmen’s Cafe with Sunny Side Of The Street Band: Gypsy Swing and Hot Trombone Jazz!

Check out these delicious Tapas Specials

Feast your Eyes! New Exhibit — Paintings by Carl Voegtling

Show your support! Metroland’s Readers’ Poll for 2013 is out! Here’s your opportunity to vote for Carmen’s Cafe for several categories

Sunny Side Of The Street Band Poster

Direct your feet to …

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 …

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard — World Beat 9/28 6:00PM

Friday September 28:  Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard–  World Beat Jazz

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius – composer-pianist

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


New World JazzThe 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. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides. Heard’s dynamic and eclectic lineup of musicians gives Elizabeth a multitude of talents and textures to compose for, and to perform with.
Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.
In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she has been an adjunct professor for 11 years in the Dance Department at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she works as a dance musician and composer-in-residence, as well as a yoga teacher. Her collaborations with dancers have also led her to work with the NYC-based Mark Morris, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, and with Saratoga Springs’ TangoFusion. Her work with the Capital-District based Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company has led to numerous Arts-in-Education Residencies in regional elementary schools. Elizabeth has also played keyboard and percussion with the Brazilian group The Berkshire Bateria for 8 years, as well as with vocalist/songwriter Joy Adler.
Elizabeth’s music has been featured on the NPR programs “Theme & Variations”, “All Things Considered”, and “Performance Place”, and she is currently at work on her third cd. A release with writer/monologue artist David Greenberger’s Duplex Planet project is also in the works for 2009-2010.
Jonathan Greene – woodwinds
Woodwinds player Jonathan is an active freelance musician in the New York Capital Region’s jazz, world and classical scenes. He has performed with the Albany and Glens Falls Symphonies and was recently a guest performer on the recital of world-renowned chamber pianist, Andre-Michel Shub. Jonathan attended Skidmore College, where he was the recipient of the Filene Music Scholarship.
Originally from Seattle, Jon attended Garfield High where he was part of their internationally known jazz program and Big Band, whom he toured Europe and Japan with his senior year. While in Seattle, he also became an accomplished mbira player, through the vibrant world music scene happening out of University of Washington.
John Menegon – bass
John Menegon is a venerable & versatile bass player, fluid in all realms of jazz and a highly-regarded composer, arranger and band leader in his own right. He played for years with the acclaimed sax player, Dewey Redman and has toured internationally with several different groups. He also plays frequently with his wife Teri Roiger, jazz vocalist and pianist.
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. His sensitivity, musicality, and adaptability lend an eclecticism to Heard, and his playfulness is irresistible to watch and be a part of! He tours regularly with a diverse range of groups ranging musically from Flamenco to Celtic.
“Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard have a fantastic original repertoire, a really delightful stage presence and a generosity with each other as musicians and also with the audience….What a pleasure!”–Maria Zemantauski, Flamenco Guitarist and Cultural Events Coordinator Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY

~ Tapas Specials for Friday, September 28th ~

Ropa Vieja
marinated shredded beef in an herbed  tomato broth w/yucca fries and veggie

Roasted Chicken
slow cooked to perfection…served w/garlic mashed potatoes and veggie

Salmon poached in an herbed broth of lemon-ginger-lime-cilantro, 
served w/saffron rice and veggie

Mac & Cheese
w/avocado & roasted red peppers