Not looking to spend New Year’s Eve with takeout or bar bites? Plenty of Charlotte restaurants are rolling out dinner reservations for the big night. Here’s a list of places to fuel up for 2019.
All under the same ownership, Southern kitchen Haberdish, cozy pub Crepe Cellar, and casual cocktail stop Growlers Pourhouse are uniting for a New Year’s Eve block party. Guests get to choose one of the three restaurants for a four-course dinner paired with drinks. Wine, beer, and more will be poured throughout the night, and entertainment will be booming at each location. Menu items include barbecue pork shank and roasted winter squash soup at Haberdish, micro sprout salad and butternut squash ravioli at Crepe Cellar, and potato leek soup and braised short rib at Growlers Pourhouse. Details are here.
Newer to the Uptown scene, Angeline’s at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is taking dinner reservations for two seating times. With an executive chef educated in molecular gastronomy, expect a variety of artistic offerings on the New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu from tomato sorbet with prosecco, to persimmon tart with shallot jam, and smoked blue cheese, to a pigfish dish with cobia filet, along with braised and fried pork belly.
High in the skyline, Fahrenheit is taking reservations for a four-course meal boasting passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by Maine lobster chowder, kale and Brussels sprout salad, bone-in filet, and more.
Off the mainstream dining scene, McNinch House, built on a property bought in 1891, was long home to the politically active McNinch family. Today, the Queen-Anne-shingle-style structure is home to a restaurant known for its romantic ambiance. The New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu includes pan-seared scallops with black-eyed peas, pan-roasted salmon with mushroom risotto, champagne sorbet, and more.
Walk past the decorative grape vines at the entrance and into the elegant atmosphere of Napa for a four-course meal and champagne toast. Items include lobster cavatappi, cauliflower bisque and chicken roulade. Don’t forget to skim the vast wine selection first.
On any other day, Seoul is a haven for UGA football fans, karaoke fanatics (there are multiple private rooms to sing in), and Korean-style barbecue. On NYE, it’s the place for a Casino-Royale-themed party with casino games, an appetizer buffet and champagne. Regular menu options include ramen mac and cheese, chicken wings and tofu wings, and kimchi vinegar slaw.
Known for its approachable, Carolina-inspired cuisine and creative cocktails with neighborhood names (for those who want to know what Ballantyne and Dilworth taste like in liquid form), 204 North is serving a special NYE menu. Get a glass of bubbly and dishes like deviled eggs, smoked duck breast with cauliflower puree, and seared snapper with crispy potato cakes.
New to South End this year, the intimate, chef-driven restaurant Bardo serves a high-end and selective list of cuisine with global influences from Spanish to Japanese. Items include oysters with grains of paradise, charred shishito peppers and veal sweetbreads.The menu is even more specific on NYE, with three courses featuring wine and cocktail pairings.
During the year, 5Church offers an exciting vibe and creative dishes from seared octopus with marcona romesco, to pan-roasted veal chop with broccolini, to wild mushroom bolognese. NYE brings a four-course dinner with champagne.