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.
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
Great decor, Trendy mixed with classic. ...
Great decor, Trendy mixed with classic. Dark and cozy almost a speak easy kind of vibe. Not too noisy. Very friendly staff. Nepalese food was very good, and with a rotating menu won't get boring. Great scotch list and fun cocktails.
I expected a Speak Easy ambiance. Perha ...
I expected a Speak Easy ambiance. Perhaps I was misinformed. The decor was more like the 60s. We were there early, so the place was pretty empty, so no noise or competition for service. We were there for dinner, but the bar was really busy and our drinks were good. Food was good too, I'm just not a big fan of East Indian, and it also didn't seem to fit with the Speak Easy theme I was expecting. .
Our second time here, and we like the cr ...
Our second time here, and we like the creativity, with a new restaurant coming in every 6 months or so. This one was Nepalese, and the food was spectacular-lots of subtle flavors, Great food, expansive menu, lots of fun
Dimly lit underground dining area, feels ...
Dimly lit underground dining area, feels very secretive, like you're eating in a private room in a mansion. Vibrant bar. Seasonal rotating menu. Fantastic service. Seats are couches, which makes for an interesting atmosphere. Decent wine list.
We were recommended to this restaurant a ...
We were recommended to this restaurant and we're very excited about it. Unfortunately or server seems very off that night. She got our drink order wrong and our dinner order wrong, and there were only two of us.
The portions were small and pretty bland for Indian inspired food.
Our finished plates sat for at least 20 minutes before anyone clear them. We weren't offered anything else after our first drink. We were there less than 45 minutes drinks dinner and all. Sad...
The food was amazing! The momo, coconut ...
The food was amazing! The momo, coconut shrimp, and spicy pork-aloo were all excellent and delicious. The veggie bowl was good, a bit too oily. The gulab jamun for dessert was also excellent and a great way to end dinner. I cannot wait to go back and try the other dishes.
Their seasonal cocktails were pretty good but not on par with the food. The three we tried were unique but nothing to rave about.
We went with two friends and absolutely ...
We went with two friends and absolutely LOVED the food. Gita is an amazing chef. We ordered several small plates to share and enjoyed every one. The speciality cocktail selection was also excellent. We will definiely be going back to try more things on the menu, because everything we DIDN'T try also sounded good!
great food and drinks. The menu is inte ...
great food and drinks. The menu is interesting and everything we tried was quite tasty and unique. Some of the items had a bit of spice (which we love), but ask your server. Portions were a decent size for small plates and I thought overall it was a good value. We loved the cocktails as well! A nice and different option in the neighborhood. We will be back.
The drinks have always been amazing here ...
The drinks have always been amazing here. The current Nepali cuisine offering is delicious and the small plates were served quickly. We had to wait for >30 mins even though we showed up early for our 9:45 pm reservation. The host(s) informed us that our slot was pushed out due to them holding a table that was 45 minutes late. Most restaurants hold for 15-20 mins max and do not blame the OpenTable app nor unapologetically expect their guests to wait nonchalantly. Our server was great and attentive once we were seated. This was our only negative experience with the host since the restaurant started.
Our appetizers and cocktails were great. ...
Our appetizers and cocktails were great. The singara is fantastic and the potstickers are very good. For main courses, we had the butter chicken and the popcorn shrimp. The chicken was good, but part of it was overcooked. The shrimp was dry and pretty unappealing.
The wine list is a challenge. There are few choices because it's supposed to be more of a speakeasy and the two reds we tried were not good. Our waiter was apologetic that they weren't better with wine. We ordered a white instead, which ended up being fine. It seems like it wouldn't be hard to include a few good reds on the list. The service is solid.
I'd recommend this place for cocktails and appetizers.
I'd chosen this place because the mockta ...
I'd chosen this place because the mocktails were recommended. I was unprepared for how amazing everything else was! Gita Kantrow is the current chef-in-residence, and I loved her bold approach to Nepali cuisine. Everything we tried was delicious. Regarding the bar, Wink and Nod makes all their ginger beer, juices, and infusions from scratch. I had an excellent cocktail, but I was blown away by my friend's mocktail. Portions are reasonable--I was very full after a small and medium plate. My only complaint was the noise level, but I'll take this as a reminder not to go on a Friday. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend Wink and Nod, and would gladly return.
Great spot, lots of fun and some really ...
Great spot, lots of fun and some really good cocktails and food options. Current offering is Nepalese, will be through the end of the year, and will probably be back for more. Fun, lively place worth visiting. Keep in mind, under 21 are not allowed, so good for date nights not family nights.
I've been here 5 times now with the new ...
I've been here 5 times now with the new Nepali chef and it seems to get better every time. At this point I've had almost everything on the menu and it's all so good. There's not a lot of restaurants in Boston that I absolutely love, but this new concept is top-notch. It's not pretentious, it doesn't try to be something it's not, it's just really good food with lots of flavor spice. I'll be back serveral more times. No doubt about it.
Great spot! I highly recommend spending ...
Great spot! I highly recommend spending a night with friends or planning a date here. Ambience is dim and cozy, the cocktails are fun and unique, and the food is absolutely scrumptious! My favorite was the chicken sekuwa -- yum! The paneer with chana chaat and momos were also delicious -- I am looking forward to returning to explore the rest of the tasty menu put together by Gita!
Wink and Nod is fantastic! It's a Nepal/ ...
Wink and Nod is fantastic! It's a Nepal/America food twist that makes for some interesting food choices that are packed with favors. The cocktails are also amazing and put a new spin on some classics. Would HIGHLY recommend if you are into speakeasies.
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!
Overall, this is a great go-to for dinne ...
Overall, this is a great go-to for dinner and drinks. Sort of a speakeasy vibe, it's low light, comfortable decor. The drinks are fantastic, and there are usually one or two drinks specials which are good as well! You can definitely just come in for a drink, with a bar at center stage, but I also love the rotating chef program they have. I've eaten at Wink & Nod a couple of times, but most recently with Gita Kantrow as chef serving a Nepali menu. Gita's food was delicious. I would recommend to anyone to stop in and try it before she rotates out in December/January. My favorite dishes were the masala fries and paneer with chana chaat.
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.
Every dish I had was very well crafted - ...
Every dish I had was very well crafted -- a lot of thought obviously went into the choices of how to capture the flavors and nuance of Nepali cuisine while making it work comfortably in a modern western setting. Everything was fresh made on site -- no frozen, store-bought momos or anything like that. Fresh ingredients, fresh herbs and spices.. All the flavors worked well together. The seasonings were intense but never went to far or called too much attention to themselves. Some of the flavor combinations were truly creative -- and just wonderful. Why has no one ever thought of strawberry preserves and grilled onions on a buttery burger before? They will now. The menu is limited and tightly curated. But there is lots of variety in plate style and size. I had only limited room for dessert. But the waitress told us about an special off-menu banana cake (again, like everything else,made fresh on site), and I couldn't refuse. It was spectacular. I'll be back, I'm sure, many times -- with great eagerness to see what the chef comes up with next
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.
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