Solarize Troy @ Carmen’s Cafe Th, 6-26, 7PM

Solarize Troy

Group Buying Power  Solar info, panels, installation— Already sourced at a great priceJean Howard will give us the skinny

join your neighbors
This Thursday, June 26, at 7 at Carmen’s
and find out more

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Pottery Sale & Picnic Monroe ClayWorks and Northeast Ceramic Supply Pottery Sale

Saturday, May 17th, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 10 Monroe Street, Troy, NY

You are invited to our Pottery Sale & Picnic. There will be over 24 potters and sculptors selling their work at our event.

All work is hand handmade and all artists will be present during the show.  Come to 10 Monroe Street, Troy, New York to see our pottery, buy a picnic lunch and enjoy the day with us. The show will go on rain or shine!!

Carmen’s Cafe will have box lunches for sale so our picnic and sale will be complete.

Please see our attached poster.  For more information: 518-669-5296

Download the poster: 117744MONROECLAY (PDF)



Pottery in The South Troy Arts District

Troy has a long-standing history with pottery going back to the 18th century.

The tradition continues — a new clay studio Monroe ClayWorks located at 10 Monroe Street, Troy, New York.

Monroe Clay Works is a pottery teaching studio, firing center and regional gathering place for potters and sculptors. Everyone interested in clay work is welcome at Monroe Clay Works.

Handbuilding and wheel throwing class sessions are ongoing. Private classes are also available.

Monroe Clay Works has 8 potters wheels, a Brent slabroller, a NorthStar extruder and 4 electric kilns.

In addition to the teaching studio there are monthly Second Saturday mini-workshop demonstrations and Firing Fridays (alternating month pit or raku firings) which are open to everyone for a nominal fee.

Monroe Clay Works also has three shows/sales per year which are scheduled in May, September and December. Membership at Monroe Clay Works is available on a monthly or on-going basis.





Latin Rhythms to Rock South Troy Valentines Day

Cuban Valentine’s at Carmen’s Cafe with Mundo Nuevo!
Friday, Feb. 14. Reserve early for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians

Cuban-Spanish-American Cuisine in a Bistro Setting

198 1st Street Troy, NY 12180
Wednesday, 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 Cafe Cuban Celebration Wednesday Feb. 5 1—3pm

Cuban Celebration:

Wednesday Feb. 5 from 1-3
Featuring tastes of their new products:

Fentiman’s Botanical Sodas

Cuban Bread from Papito’s Bakery

New Tapas Samples

Celebrate Carmen’s expanded hours:
Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6
Friday: 11-10
Saturday & Sunday: 9-4
Free Weekday Delivery to Downtown Troy w/ $15 Minimum

Cuban Bread

Cuban Bread
straight from the source
We are now importing Pan Cubano, made the Cuban way, all the way from the source— Papita’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, more like Challah, but just as tasty!


Tapas Samples!
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 fruit soft drinks!

Fentiman's Sodas

Fentiman’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

Chicken B.L.A.T

All w/ our own cole slaw:
Cubano– star of the show!
Sliders– Cuban burgers w/caramelized onions
Black Bean Burger– fresh and tasty, vegetarian, w/ lettuce, onion, & tomato on artisan roll
Cuban Roast Beef– marinated in seasoned herbs, roasted to perfection
Grilled Cheese– on artisan bread, w/ zucchini, caramelized onions and our own fresh jalapeño jelly

Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco
Vegetarian Huevos Flamenco

All home made and tasty

Flamenco– yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s still great without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan
Tomato Basil Bisque– creamy and delicious
Chicken Noodle– Cuban style w/ tomato broth and cilantro
Caldo Gallego– Cuban beans & greens w/ chorizo


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!

Chef Chris Faraci

Rising Star Chef Chris Faraci
Chris won Rising Star honors at the Albany Wine and Food Festival last year, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more deserving fellow.

Chris has been cooking professionally since his early teens. His passions are Cuban foods and smoked meats. Check out his cooking tips.


What’s Carmen’s without Flan for dessert? What a great way to top off a meal


Cuban Valentine’s with Mundo Nuevo!
Next Friday, Feb. 14. Reserve early for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians


~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

~ Full Lunch Menu Here ~


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Carmen’s Cafe to Expand Schedule and Start Local Delivery

Dining in the South Troy Arts District just got better!

Carmen’s Cafe the South Troy Cuban restaurant will be expanding their schedule to include breakfast and lunch service on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays. Carmen’s Cafe will also provide local delivery service. Here are the details.

Carmen’s will be closed January 4th and 5th, and reopening next week, Jan. 11 & 12, and through the rest of January.

Interim hours:
Saturday and Sunday, 9-4
Carmen’s will not be open Fridays until February

Regular Hours Resume With A Bonus
Wednesday, February 5
New hours will be
Wednesday and Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-10
Saturday & Sunday 9-4
Local Delivery on Weekdays


Carmen’s Holiday Potluck!


Holiday_Partyc6d7b6Carmen’s Holiday Potluck!

Tuesday, Dec. 24— 5-10 pm (or whenever)

Carmen and Jim put out the basics— Salad, Rice & Beans, Picadillo, Plantains, plus Flan, Eggnog, Hot Spiced Cider and Sangria
(and maybe a few surprises!)
Bring friends, plus a drink or dish to share
No charge, no cover, just a good old fashioned neighborhood time!

198 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180
Fri: 5:00 pm—10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am—4:00 pm

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Holiday Magic @ Art! / Mundo Nuevo @ Carmen’s Cafe

Lots of magic happening in the South Troy Arts District tonight with Magician Cory Haines performing at Art Gallery 200 1st St. and sweet Latin jazz performed live by Mundo Nuevo right next door at Carmen’s Cafe at 198 1st St.

ARTArt! Gallery 200: A night of magical entertainment and amazing artistic creations. Come finish your Holiday shopping with that perfect, one of a kind creation, and experience amazing magical entertainment by Cory Haines, at Art 200 First St. Troy, Friday, December 13, 2013 with shows at 7:00 and 9:00, and maybe some other, special magical moments throughout the evening! Come by for a truly magical experience!

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

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.