A Pop-up Restaurant Comes to the ‘Burbs with Nisa Lee’s Thai Café, Pelham

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During the day, M.A.D. Cafe sells gourmet coffee and fresh salads and sandwiches. Come weekend evenings? It turns into a pop-up restaurant called Nisa Lee’s Thai Café.
At least that’s the experiment for now. Lee, pictured, is a caterer known for her elegant events and celebrity client list (Vanessa Williams and Tina Fey are fans), but she wanted to try out the restaurant business.
The result: A stripped down ambiance with delicious (and very nicely priced) Thai specialties on Saturday and Sunday evenings where — bonus! — you can bring your own wine.  She’s serving her classic and modern dishes — such as Mini Thai Tacos, Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce and Massaman Curry Braised Short Ribs and her famous handmade dumplings and spring rolls — to eat in or take home in the M.A.D.?Cafe space.
Chicken Satay
She even has a number of kid- friendly dishes approved by her own children. “Saturday and Sunday evenings are a perfect time for families to eat together but who wants to cook?” she says. Lee also offers delivery service and “sideline text ordering” within Pelham so that families can place their order by text and pick up dinner on the way home from weekend sporting events. Be warned, however, that Lee has events to plan, so this weekend restaurant might not last forever. — Jeanne Muchnick
Details: 129 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, 914-844-1444. Reservations and text orders: 914-708-6446 or email nisaleecafe@nisalee.com. Hours: 5 to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays. In May, open Thursdays, Fridays, too. Check www.nisalee.com for updated schedules.
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