A NEW YEAR’S EVE CHARLESTON RESTAURANTS GUIDE
Food is memories and there is no better way to make memories this New Year’s Eve than by experiencing the many flavors that Charleston restaurants have to offer. With so many fantastic chefs in Charleston, it’s almost impossible to go wrong but here we have compiled a list of some of our favorite pre-Yorktown eateries. The only advice we have is to make sure you make a dinner reservation at least three weeks in advance. With New Years being one of the more popular times for visitors to flock into the lowcountry, the earlier you make a reservation the better off you will be.
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With Minero, James Beard Award winning chef, Sean Brock creates a menu inspired by the flavors and culture of Mexico…with a Southern touch of course. While Minero does not take reservations, it’s casual and fun atmosphere makes it an ideal place to gather with friends. On the menu you can find creatively prepared tacos, burritos, chicken wings, fresh salsas and a very extensive tequila list.
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Located in a former train depot, Scarecrow draws visitors with prime cut meats, seafood and local vegetables. With a mission to use only responsibly sourced ingredients, every dish created benefits both you and the environment. Not to be missed, the open brick oven in the center of the restaurant provides a cozy ambiance and a front row seat to all the action.
O-Ku celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations.” Whether you are looking for some of the best sushi in town, or a sexy, trendy atmosphere, O-KU is sure to please. For a unique experience we recommend the Local White Fish Crudo with lime zest, lemon juice, olive oil and microgreens.
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At the Macintosh, Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon, a three-time James Beard semifinalist, has put together a creative menu full of locally sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table experience. As one of the best restaurants in Charleston, the Macintosh consistently serves exceptional dishes that will make your New Year’s Eve a special and memorable evening. Stand out menu items include bone marrow bread pudding, duck breast, and octopus ravioli.>
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492 King is one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in Charleston. We love the velvet booths and live edge tables. Even the plating is gorgeous! Set in a historic building from the late 1800’s this swanky spot offers a rotating menu full of many small (and some large) plates. If you want to send your tastebuds on a ride, and you are a fan of sharing, 429 King is your place. Also be sure to checkout the courtyard- the perfect place for a pre/post dinner cocktail and mingling before heading out to the Yorktown.
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If casual Italian is more your style, head out to Monza, where you can find an array of Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas with perfectly thin, crispy crusts. Salads and pastas made from fresh, local ingredients are also served. Monza is the perfect restaurant to carbo-load before dancing all New Year’s Eve on the Yorktown.