About Wink and Nod
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.
Happy Hour Menu - Monday through Saturday from 5:00-6:00 pm
Dinner - 5:00-10:00 pm Monday through Wednesday
- 5:00-11:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
Late Night Dining - 11:00 pm-12:00 am Thursday through 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/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Wink and Nod Ratings and Reviews
Applause to Chef Gita Kantrow! I had the ...
Applause to Chef Gita Kantrow! I had the pleasure of dining at Wink and Nod (Gita) and was delighted by the food and service. The butter chicken, veggie bowl, puri, and sel roti with chai are not to be missed. I look forward trying the other dishes soon!
This was the best dining experience I ha ...
This was the best dining experience I have had in a long time in Boston. The food was absolutely exceptional and very unique given the current Chef Gita Kantrow's spin on American/Nepalese fusion. The food was the highlight, and the atmosphere, drinks and service were also exceptional. Would recommend for anyone looking for a great meal and a great night out.
Came in dinner and was blown away! The s ...
Came in dinner and was blown away! The service and the bar was excellent and the food was completely out of this world. Still thinking about that dinner. I'll be frequenting for sure.
This was one of the best dining experien ...
This was one of the best dining experiences we have had in a while in Boston. The dining room is terrific. Set up like a comfortable living area. So cool. We had a terrific booth for four in the corner. Our server, Chris, was fabulous and made the dining experience just terrific. He is enthusiastic and so knowledgable about the menu and the flavors. His recommendations were spot on. The present chef came out to greet us and she was lovely. Some amazing dishes to try: Momo, Singara and Paneer, Chicken Sekuwa, and the Braised Beef Short Ribs. Each dish was just amazing. They are like nothing you have had before (And we are adventurous eaters).
For dessert we shared the Gulab Jamun which was another treat. I can't wait to go back.
Wonderful dinner - the butter chicken wa ...
Wonderful dinner - the butter chicken was incredible! Love the rotating chef system. Even though I hadn't requested anything special, our waitress overheard me wish my dining partner a happy birthday and give her a gift - the bartender showed up at the table with celebratory glasses of champagne and our waitress put a candle in the dessert we order to share! Wonderful service and really appreciated the extra touch.
This place was a GREAT find! We came he ...
This place was a GREAT find! We came here based on reviews but weren't sure what to expect - boy, was it worth it! We had a reservation and were shown right away (after secreting in through the unmarked door!) to a marvelous table. Our server came right over and welcomed us warmly. We ordered some wine and drinks along with some small plates. All arrived and all were wonderful! We followed that up with more drinks along with some medium plates - all equally delicious! We enjoyed it so much our server brought the chef out so we could thank her personally - what a nice touch! I love the concept and the ambiance and have already made plans to come back.
What a great vibe. It's not a traditiona ...
What a great vibe. It's not a traditional speakeasy in that it has a full kitchen and an extensive menu, but this place is a real find. The drinks are delicious (and strong!) and the food is fantastic. It's also so much cheaper than comparable places in other cities like NY and SF.
Great ambiance, lighting and atmosphere ...
Great ambiance, lighting and atmosphere was walking and seemed like we were in an old 50's club. Hidden door and basements feels makes for a great place to come and lounge. Drinks were VERY strong, almost too strong, there is a middle ground you need to make the drinks at, and that was not met... I had to add a glass of soda water which at that point i could hardly finish it. Food was good, but prepped prior to serving, which is usually nice, but the app was cold (clearly was heated via mic maybe? ) anyways, the entree was delicious, although came out a bit quick. we were there for the atmosphere and to enjoy a relaxing meal but couldn't help to feel like we were being pushed out. whole meal, seated drinks apps dinner was 35 minutes.. I guess tell the waiter/waitress you would like to spread the meal out within a time frame if you want to enjoy the meal overall. Gluten free donuts were amazing though!!! Chai tea on the side, hello <3 Overall, Strong drinks, A LOT of different flavors throughout the meal, great service.
Gita, the chef for the next 6 months is ...
Gita, the chef for the next 6 months is a stand out. Everything we ordered was to die for. We even got to meet her after our meal and she was a delight. She is originally from Nepal and creates a creative menu.
We chose Wink & Nod because of its Culin ...
We chose Wink & Nod because of its Culinary Incubator Program, which provides the opportunity to try creative cuisine from local up and coming chefs. The night we dined, Chef Gita Kantrow was in the kitchen. Her food reflected her love for traditional Nepali cooking combined with Western influences. We sampled small, medium, and large plates; everything was deliciously spicy and each had its own unique blend of flavors - Momo, Puri. coconut shrimp, pork aloo, and short ribs. The Masala fries are something special. Try out Gita's cooking while she's there this month. Kudos to Wink & Nod for promoting local talent!
Third time we've come to Wink and Nod, a ...
Third time we've come to Wink and Nod, always fantastic drinks and good food. This time, unlike the other times, the service left just a tad to be desired, as the server wasn't particularly attentive, and we'd have to wait long times for her attention, although she was nice when interacting with us. Overall great experience as always.
Three of us had the pleasure of dining a ...
Three of us had the pleasure of dining at Pelakasis (at Wink and Nod) this past Saturday night. It was a memorable dining experience. Chef Brendan Pelley is World Class. His modern Greek menu was the most flavorful and interesting dinner. We shared small and medium plates such as Cucumber Tzatzili with Pita, Spanikopita (best I have ever had by far), Rooster Giouvetsi (a rooster stew with marinated Greek olives and mushrooms), and Wild Boar Meatballs. The dessert of chocolate Greek yogurt with berries and nuts was fantastic. The wine list is small but very smartly focused with naturally some Greek wines and other wines too. We had the Assyrtiko (white from Santorini) and it was a perfect match. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was like a beautiful yet casual supper club.Dress was casual. Chef Pelley came to the tables to make sure everyone was enjoying their dinner and evening. It was a pleasure to speak with him.
In summary, dinner at Pelakasis with Chef Brendan's creations was one of my top two all time dining experiences with the other being at a Michelin 3 Star Restaurant in France. I Highly Recommend Chef Pelley and Wink and Nod.
We ate at Wink & Nod's incubator restaur ...
We ate at Wink & Nod's incubator restaurant Pelekasis. The Greek inspired cuisine was excellent from appetizer to dessert. Our waitress was attentive without being ever-present and helpful in making choices among all the tempting dishes. It is also a restaurant in which you can actually hear each other talk.
This is a great hidden spot with a rotat ...
This is a great hidden spot with a rotating menu so it's always a new adventure. The cocktails are fantastic and the chefs they bring in are always top notch. This time it was Greek and even though at first we thought the portions looked small and we'd need to order another small plate, we wound of being perfectly full and very happy. The boar meatballs?!? Amazing!
Went for an early dinner at 6. Very nice ...
Went for an early dinner at 6. Very nice and not noisy ambiance which allows for conversations. The food was interesting (not predictable) and delicious, the service was great. We shared 2 appetizers/smaller plates and 2 entrees for 3 people, and asked for extra pita to dip in the delicious sauces. Definitely recommend and will plan to go back.
Terrific food, great ambiance
Perfect replacement for the old Icarus that used to be here. Same calm and quiet environment and unhurried superb service. Rotating up and coming chefs on an experimental basis - the greek food we had was anything but normal greek fare - It was greek but with an incredible twist.
Best new menu entries yet
As a regular, I always spot anything new, and there were two excellent new choices last night - a watermelon salad with feta and pickled onion and balsamic dressing, and a striped bass entrée which replaced the previous trout and was equally good.
Best in Boston!
We discovered this gem when looking for excellent craft cocktails. The speakeasy vibe was apropos for the fine cocktails that are crafted at this hidden oasis. And the food was excellently prepared as well. If you are looking for something a little more elegant that the trendy roof-top bar of the week, then this is the spot...especially for the cocktail connoisseur.
Very Manhattan like ambiance, low lighti ...
Very Manhattan like ambiance, low lighting with interesting light fixtures and beautiful back lit bar crest a young and lively bar scene while the small plate menu was delicious and diverse with a Mediterranean sensibility.
Wow things must have changed in the kitchen... What had been pretty underwhelming desserts have changed over to heavenly, light and delicious. The pannacotta and chocolate yogurt were sublime. While the savory dishes continue to delight. The service and cocktails consistent from our last visit.
Great cocktails, interesting food concept
My wife and I live in the neighborhood and found W&N via OpenTable. I had heard some good stuff about it, so we gave it a try. Their concept is to highlight a certain type of cuisine for 6 months, literally changing chefs / cusines every six months. Currently it is Greek tapas and the food is phenomenal. We hear they are switching to Nepalese food in June and we are just hoping it is as good as the current Greek food. We ordered 1 small plate (tzaziki and pita - excellent grilled bread and flavorful tzaziki), 3 medium plates and one entree. The trout entree was the highlight of the food but everything was excellent. Our second favorite was the spanipokita (spelling?) which was super flavorful and had a great sauce with it. It also was not too cheesy, with just the right amount of feta mixed with the spinach. The lamb meatballs were also good.
Service was excellent. We were seated on time and our waitress was there just the right amount of time - never hovering but never ignoring us either. We will be back at least once before they switch to the new cuisine in June and are hoping the next food is as good.
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