About Wink and Nod
Boston, MA 02116
Wink & Nod is an EXCLUSIVELY 21+ establishment (no teens, toddlers, or infants). Proper ID required.
Wink & Nod operates a rotating kitchen where every 6 months, we invite a new restaurant group to run our kitchen and experiment with dishes as bold and creative as our cocktails. With this program, Wink & Nod hopes to contribute to the development of up-and-coming Chefs by providing them with a restaurant platform in which to operate and showcase their talent.
Wink & Nod is proud to present our current residing Pop-up Kitchen, GITA by Gita Kantrow. Gita showcases the bold flavors of Nepali cuisine with a creative mix of culinary tradition and modern cooking techniques that expand beyond traditional Nepali cookery. Chef Gita Kantrow's unique Western approach aims to surprise and delight, while never losing the sensory experience of her Nepali heritage.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday, the bar is open from 5:00 pm - 2:00 am.
Dinner - 5:00-10:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Late Night Dining - 10:00 pm-11:00 am Friday and Saturday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We strongly recommend taking public transportation or Uber as on street parking in the South End is difficult
Tufts Medical - Orange Line
Back Bay Station - Orange Line
Gita Kantrow of GITA
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Wink and Nod Ratings and Reviews
The food changes every few months with a ...
The food changes every few months with a new selected chef - this time was Nepalese and it was outstanding! Beautiful strong flavors and excellent textures. The noise level was very high, which was the only disappontment. Warm atmosphere. Drinks were served too late compared to the food. I will definitely come back!
Amazing space (I hadn't been there since ...
Amazing space (I hadn't been there since it was Icarus) with an outstanding guest chef who was preparing Nepalese food. We tried the tasting menu which was a great value: 6 delicious courses coming out one after the other.
I love the restaurant concept - differen ...
I love the restaurant concept - different menu, different chef every 6 months. I went on a date with my boyfriend and could barely hear myself think. It was extremely noisy. This is a good spot for a good bite to eat but terrible environment for good conversation.
Went on a Friday night. We had read abou ...
Went on a Friday night. We had read about Chef Gita Kantrow and were curious to see her takes on traditional Nepali cuisine. We ordered the 5-course tasting menu.
Course 1: Momos. This is an Indian take on Chinese dumplings. Filled with minced pork and seasoned with an Indian flair, and with the dumpling shell steamed to a bitey-chewy texture. They were served with a savory tomato achar, a spicy chutney of sorts. Rich tomato and smoky finish of the achar complemented the momos beautifully.
Course 2: Cabbage rolls. Chef Gita's take on the Polish galumpki was well done. The use of lentils in the filling and the masala-spiced tomato sauce that bathed them was a nice riff on the original. The tomato sauce was a bit dry, but otherwise flavorful.
Course 3: Coconut curry haddock. A fusion of typical South Indian fish curry with American elements - delicious and perfectly cooked and bathed in a rich coconut sauce resting atop a pillow of turmeric mashed potatoes. Accompanied by two perfectly stewed tomatoes that added a bit of an umami bite and a gentle heat to the sweetness of the curry.
Course 4: Butter chicken masala. The most recognizable contribution of Indian cuisine to the world, Chef Gita kept this one pretty close to the original. Topped with a crisp, spicy cauliflower sauté and resting on perfectly cooked basmati rice, the chicken was fork tender and moist. The sauce had a slight sweetness and a creamy richness that played well against the gentle heat from the masala.
Course 5: Gulab jamun Marscapone cheesecake. What else do I need to say there? Holy sh*t - never thought gulab jamun could get better. But there it is.
In summary, the tastes and flavors remind me of what my mother cooks at home and that is about the highest compliment I can pay Chef Gita.
A glamorous, speakeasy-type atmosphere w ...
A glamorous, speakeasy-type atmosphere with food and drink that live up to the sensual, flavorful name: Wink and Nod. Every bite was rich in flavor and perfectly seasoned. Portions are true as advertised. Drinks were some of the best I have had in the greater Boston area. I cannot rave enough about Wink and Nod. Truly a great experience all in all.
The food was over spiced. I had the lamb ...
The food was over spiced. I had the lamb. It was ok. My girlfriend had meatballs that she couldn't eat because they were too spicy. We ordered appetizers that were also too spicy to enjoy. We all agreed the drinks were great.
My husband and I usually dine at Wonk & ...
My husband and I usually dine at Wonk & Nod during the rotation of their guest chef. This chef is from Nepal and the food is really tasty! Our son lives out of town now but has a high bar for food, dining out, well seasoned diner.I couldn't wait to take our son to celebrate his 24th birthday with us to guests. We had an 8 PM reservation. Our table for 4 was in the bar area this time.
The solo waitress had more than she could deal with, no return to check on the table, no mention of dishes running out- What?! We came specifically for the signature friend chicken dish which motivate us to bring our son, a fried chicken affectionato to a Wink & Nod.
Of course we stayed and enjoyed each dish, reviews from the guys were they would return and were pleasantly surprised with the flavors. The stand outs: Butter chicken, fish in coconut sauce, special nan. Another disappointment was the removed coconut cake dessert and the over laden rose water infused replacement. Why? We were told the chef was tired of making it. Sorry we were not tired of ordering it even this 3rd time dining during this rotation.
The bar was more than buzzing full as were the tables surrounding it. Noise level was hard to have conversation. I felt like I was in the company of my hard of hearing 88 year old mom at times, shouting to have someone hear at the table without having to repeat it. This was the first time I had experienced this though at Wink & Nod, but it was the holiday season after all. Bill total $205, only one beer was ordered from the bar. Our great disappointment with the signature dish running out by 8:30 pm, a misjudgement on the kitchen's part.
I called last night requesting under the circumstances a take out of the friend chicken dish that was unable to be served the other night, so that my son be fore he leaves after the weekend to could experience it, reply, NO take out. Al rules have exceptions and this should have been one under the circumstance. Poor customer service .
Great food from the latest pop-up kitche ...
Great food from the latest pop-up kitchen hosted by Wink and Nod - my friends and I are looking forward anxiously to the newest kitchen staff. The drinks at Wink and Nod are always exactly as strong as they need to be, a great value in any situation.
Service was a little slow but no slower than would be expected in a packed bar, later in the evening. Was not an issue for my group and me.
My 3rd time back here and it was my best ...
My 3rd time back here and it was my best experience yet. The brought back the haddock dish that they took off the menu briefly. It is AMAZING. Absolutely delicious. They also added some chutney to the fried shrimp which was needed. They took off some of the less Nepalese dishes and got back to the chef's strengths. We loved everything we ordered, including the butter chicken (not to be missed) and the special eggplant kofta, which worked surprisingly well. Great flavors. Don't miss the small plate with the phylo dough and minced meat, one of the highlights of the menu. Great service, good drinks, reasonable prices. It is a bit loud if that sort of thing bothers you, but we have a very positive experience and will be back.
Loved our recent visit to Wink and Nod t ...
Loved our recent visit to Wink and Nod to try visiting Chef Gita's wonderful cuisine. Small and medium plates allowed us to try and share a bunch of different Nepalese tastes, all absolutely delicious. The vibe is upbeat, a cool bar with comfy couches nearby that attracted a younger crowd on the night we visited. We had a great waitress who was well informed and attentive without making us feel rushed at all. Our small plates were staggered so that we could enjoy each in succession, which was perfect. Chef Gita Kantrow is a GREAT addition to the neighborhood dining scene - go now before her stint at Wink and Nod runs out mid-Jan! She is a treasure....
I have to say. The current chef is outst ...
I have to say. The current chef is outstanding. A few friends recommended the food, so I came on their recommendations. The food is excellent. It's a very complex combination of spices that work in a very subtle way. My only complaint about the resturant is that the hostess is no were to be found. I walked into the restaurant and stood there for sometime before anyone greeted me. Also, not sure what the situation with the lights is, but it was so dark I could hardly see the menu. Go for the current chef. I hope she'll be there for a long time.
The place was hard to find but once we f ...
The place was hard to find but once we found it, we really enjoyed the experience. The food was very tasty, presented well, and good portion size. The bar menu was also nice. For the feel of the WinkNod, it was neat. The photos, layout, and furniture gave a nice cozy touch.
The design of the restaurant is very nic ...
The design of the restaurant is very nice. It's like a combination speak easy/living room. The staff was helpful and friendly. We got the tasting menu which was reasonably priced at $55 for 5 courses. The food was good but there was a bit too much fried food (3/5 courses). The braised short run course was outstanding.
The food at this place is top-notch. I r ...
The food at this place is top-notch. I really like the nepali/indian fusion concept. There's a little something for everyone here. I hope this chef sticks around Boston and opens up a restaurant of her own. The food is excellent.
The cocktails, e.g., New Girl in Town, w ...
The cocktails, e.g., New Girl in Town, were excellent. Our waitress was attentive and very nice. We asked her opinions and recommendations, which were all spot on. Each dish was wonderful - we split a small, medium and large plate and then each had dessert. It was my birthday; so the restaurant gave us complimentary glasses of champagne with our desserts to celebrate. Nicely done, Wink & Nod and Gita!
Chef Gifa is extraordinary. Not only was ...
Chef Gifa is extraordinary. Not only was the food some of the greatest we've had anywhere ever (still dreaming about the coconut cream pie. Game changer.), she and the staff at Wink and Nod were models of hospitality. Highly recommend this spot and particularly recommend you go while Gita is running the kitchen.
The food was actually very tasty but the ...
The food was actually very tasty but the music was SO loud that you couldn't hear the person next to you. I was a party of four and we told them that we were there for a special occasion. We were seated at the bar area but in the corner where it was private, but even there the music was so loud that I might as well have been a party of one because no one at the table could hear the other person. I have eaten there before but I will never go there again now for dinner. I would only recommend it for a bar scene
It is important to know that Wink and No ...
It is important to know that Wink and Nod's kitchen operates through rotating chefs -- meaning every 6 months or so there will be a different chef serving different cuisine. The cocktail menu can also change on a weekly basis. This review is specifically for Chef Gita serving modern Nepalese, which was some of the best tasting and well prepared food I've ever encountered. Everything we ordered was exceptional and unique compared both to other menu items and to other cuisines. We chose to order from the small and medium sized plates (Be aware of the dishes which are written on the wall and are not on the menu) and I would highly recommend all of them. The cocktail menu was also well crafted. It is absolutely worth going to Wink and Nod before Chef Gita's residency is complete.
Not sure what happens in this restaurant ...
Not sure what happens in this restaurant. Everytime we have the same U shaped service, great at the start, the waiter then disappears for the entire meal (not checking on our meals or our beverages) and is again super attentive around when the bill will be coming...
I'm supposing to get a good tip. It's not going to happen if you ignore us during the prime time when we might need you.
This was our 3rd time here. We like thi ...
This was our 3rd time here. We like this place a lot. However, there were some changes to the menu which we are not sure were an improvement. We loved the butter burger with masala fries which is no longer on the menu. There was also a coconut haddock dish that was our favorite thing on the menu, but that is now gone and the drink menu dropped our favorite drink "the Nicole", but none of the new ones appealed to us. (the menu online listed the old menu when we checked). That said, we asked about "the Nicole" and the bartender made it for us. In terms of food, we love the Singara and the lamb kofta. The coconut shrimp was very disappointing. Tasted like the kind of fried shrimp you would buy in the freezer section of trader joes, no unique flavoring, rather dry, and they were served with no sauce or anything to dip them in, just a few chunks of dry pineapple. The dipping sauce from potstickers or a sweet chutney would have helped. We tried the vegetable pot pie which was very heavy on the Rosemary (which I don't mind), but it did not really have any Nepalese flavor. The butter chicken with basmati rice was delicious, an excellent take on a classic. We will be back, but think the first menu was a bit stronger than the current one.
Fantastic find over a 3 day trip to Bost ...
Fantastic find over a 3 day trip to Boston. Sat night was tough without reservations so came on my last night , a Mon and was more relaxed.
The food is fusion , the chef Nepalese ( me Indian, so dishes similar) , the flavour amazing and the daal pot pie .. Genious! Only let down was the poori with 2 dips (way over fried,more like papad)
Which I sadly had last.
However the gulag jamun cheesecake dessert makes you smile in all ku do of ways . What a comeback!
Great service , strong cocktails.
If I lived in Boston , I'd be a regular. Bit pricey but you're buying the speakeasy scene. Do it.
We were very disappointed with the value ...
We were very disappointed with the value of our food, it was quite expensive for very small portions. The service was also very very slow- we were at the restaurant for close to 3 hours. The atmosphere was also very dark which made it difficult to socialize.
Wink and Nod was perfect! Gita prepared ...
Wink and Nod was perfect! Gita prepared such diverse and delicious food that our party of five shared. From paneer to salmon to cheesecake, we were impressed and satiated. We will be back before Gita leaves in January!
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