Restaurant Openings

Listen Up: Hush Has Arrived at Wink & Nod

Find foie gras popsicles and caviar panini at the South End spot's latest restaurant-within-a-restaurant.


Caviar panini from Hush at Wink & Nod. / Photo provided

The word is out. Starting tonight, Hush, a globally-inspired New American concept from chef David Daniels, becomes the latest pop-up to step into the kitchen at Wink & Nod, a South End cocktail lounge and restaurant. Since it opened in 2014, Wink & Nod has established a “culinary incubator” program that invites genre-jumping ventures into the kitchen for multi-month stints. Hush is launching with a lineup of shareable, playful plates, including some funky high-low hybrids: think foie gras popsicles with white peach jam, black truffle chicken nuggets, and a caviar panini with crème frâiche.

Pinkies up, everyone.

Hush is the 11th venture to take up temporary residency at Wink & Nod, and Daniels joins a list of chefs who have gone on to establish their own successful ventures afterward: Chefs Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta, who kicked off the “culinary incubator” series with their concept Whisk, now have their own all-day restaurant in Jamaica Plain, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe. After his Bread & Salt project passed through Wink & Nod, chef Josh Lewin opened Juliet (one of our top 50 restaurants) with Katrina Jazayeri; the pair will soon debut Peregrine on Beacon Hill. And chef Brendan Pelley, who staged a rave-worthy Greek pop-up, Pelekasis, was subsequently tapped by star restaurateur Michael Schlow to command his now-shuttered restaurant Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar; Pelley recently took the helm of Gibbet Hill Grill, a famously elegant farm-to-table in rural Groton.

Foie gras popsicles from Hush at Wink & Nod. / Photo provided

Daniels’s Hush will replace Ripasso by chef Tony Susi at Wink & Nod. Susi’s contemporary Italian concept has been there since September.

The eclectic Hush menu also includes an ahi tuna flatbread, corn bread and bacon waffles with fried chicken thigh, Maine crab carbonara, and more. And this restaurant-within-a-restaurant rotation isn’t the only news from Wink & Nod’s parent company, Boston Nightlife Ventures. As we recently reported, the team is planning to move a second location of its Southern Cookhouse restaurant into the South End space neighboring Wink & Nod, and is also working to open Six West, a rooftop cocktail lounge in South Boston.

Check out the full Hush menu below. Reminder: No talking with your mouth full.

Hush at Wink & Nod, 1 Appleton St., Boston, 617-482-0117, winkandnod.com.