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
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!
The restaurant was fine but nothing over ...
The restaurant was fine but nothing over the top. We concentrated on the small and medium sized selections , most of which turned out to be very tasty. However, several were not. I think it was more my personal choice rather than a problem with the food. I enjoy the concept of changing menus and would go again when the current chef departs
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.
My wife and I had dinner here before a p ...
My wife and I had dinner here before a play. Cocktails were creative, and excellent. This was a Nepalese menu, and poori were probably the weakest part of the dinner; coconut haddock was the strongest, and it was very good. We liked it all -- the food, the drinks, the vibe -- but felt it wasn't the greatest value around. Service was okay, they got us out in time for the play, but overall it seems to be more about the scene than the service. Definitely fun, and the idea of changing chefs/menus is intriguing, we would go back... but we're not rushing.
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. .
This rotation of the kitchen is phenomen ...
This rotation of the kitchen is phenomenal. The momos are spot on, and the flavors of the sherpa stew are just delightful. Only wish the "large plates" were actually larger and could feed more than one person!
The cocktail list was inspired and delightful, and the decor is gorgeous.
I recommend it to all of my guests at my bar for the next big thing in Boston, especially while Gita heads the kitchen with her Nepali food!
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.
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