For Immediate Release
Contact: Carmen Gonzalez, 516-857-0474 (*Note: Long Island Area Code 5-1-6)
TROY, N.Y. (02/03/14) — Carmen’s Cafe will be open for extended hours, offering new menu items and delivery, starting this Wednesday, Feb. 5. The public is invited to a free sampling of the new menu items at a re-opening ceremony this Wednesday at 1 p.m.
“We are getting more into our roots, with the addition of authentic Cuban bread and some new tapas recipes. At the same time, we are broadening, and offering more of our fusion dishes,” said Carmen Gonzalez, who is co-owner with Jim Lewis of Carmen’s Cafe. “Living in Troy is very exciting lately — something new is happening all the time. Our customers have been asking us to stay open through the week, and we are happy to be there for them, happy to be part of the new energy.”
Carmen’s will now be open five days instead of three. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday additions include soups, salads, sandwiches and light dinners, with local delivery available with a $15 minimum order. Friday night is still Tapas Night, and the full weekend menu is still offered. New hours will be: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunches will focus on sandwiches, salads and soups inspired by the sweet and savory flavors of Cuban-Spanish-Moroccan cuisine. Dinners will be light, with an offering of stews and tapas.
Some new dishes will include:
NEW TAPAS MENU
Carmen’s will be adding more tapas to the Friday evening menu, including:
“With tapas, it’s not about stuffing yourself with a big plate of food. It’s about enjoying a taste of another culture,” Gonzalez said. “You come in with a friend, order four or five tapas and a nice glass of wine — it’s not just a meal, it’s an experience.”
AUTHENTIC CUBAN BREAD, ARTISAN BREAD
Carmen’s now serves authentic Cuban bread, baked specially for Carmen’s by Papito’s Cuban Bakery in Teaneck, N.J. and shipped fresh overnight.
“Authentic Cuban bread looks a little like a golden brown ciabatta, but with a soft crust. It’s used to make Cubano sandwiches. It’s airy and flavorful, with a unique taste and texture,” Gonzalez said. “When you combine pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard, then put that on a grill and press it to make a Cubano sandwich, it comes together in a way that’s just mouth watering.”
While Cubanos are prepared specifically with Cuban bread, other sandwiches will come with a choice of Portuguese rolls, rye and pumpernickel, multigrain and artisan breads and rolls.
“These are not run-of-the-mill sandwiches,” Gonzalez said. “We bake our roast beef and turkey in house. All our soups and sauces are made fresh from scratch.”
Carmen’s also makes their own ketchup, mayo and chipotle aioli.
RE-OPENING CEREMONY, FREE TASTING
Join Carmen and her staff this Wed. Feb. 5, at 1 p.m., for a re-opening ceremony and free sampling of the new menu items. The restaurant will be serving a full lunch menu as well.
ABOUT CARMEN’S CAFE
Carmen Gonzalez, a native of Manhattan, opened the Cuban-American cafe on the border of South Troy in 2004. Carmen’s is both a neighborhood-gathering place and a destination restaurant that draws visitors from afar. The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and Cuban father, Carmen’s menu is inspired by family recipes that are prepared by Rising Star Chef Chris Faraci.
“When people say ‘Hispanic,’ they tend to blend in a whole population that’s Spanish- speaking. They don’t understand that Mexicans, Jamaicans, Peruvians, Chileans all have their own delicious foods, and they are all different,” Gonzalez said. “We use spices in a different way. Cuban food is about a blending of flavors.”
Media Contact: Carmen Gonzalez at 516-857-0474 (please note the Long Island Area Code 5-1-6) or [email protected]