Spanish. This Savignyplatz establishment is the place to go for authentic Spanish tapas and food, including paella, tortilla, zarzuela, as well as tasty meat and fish grilled on hot lava stone. Wellstocked wine cellar and very helpful staff. €€. Daily D only. www.andalucia.berlin. Savignyplatz 2. T: 030.54710271. S Savignyplatz.
Italian. Located right on the Kudamm, this cozy restaurant will satiate all lovers of Italian cuisine with pizza, pasta, or something a little meatier. Or just pick a glass of wine from their extensive list and nibble away at an antipasti platter. €€. Mon–Sat L&D, Sun D only. www.belluccis.de. Brandenburgische Str. 35. T:030 28032233. U Adenauerplatz. B4
French. A piece of Paris right on Savignyplatz, Brel is a classic French bistro with boulevard seating, crisp white tablecloths, and a menu that includes frog legs, escargot, Bouillabaisse fish soup, and Salad Niçoise. There’s live piano music several evenings a week, too. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.cafebrel.de. Savignyplatz 1. T: 030.31800020. S Savignyplatz, U Uhlandstraße.
German. Another neighborhood institution around Savignyplatz, Café Bleibtreu is treasured for its unpretentious, old-school Berliner atmosphere and reasonably priced menu. The weekend brunch buffet, served until 3:30pm, is particularly popular. €. Daily B, L, D. www.cafe-bleibtreu.de. Bleibtreustr. 45. T: 030.8814756. S Savignyplatz. B4
Café Wintergarten im Literaturhaus
German/Austrian. Classic elegance permeates the high-ceilinged rooms of this café, which is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century literary salons. Snag a table in the greenhouse-like vestibule, or settle down by one of the grand windows to enjoy breakfast, bistro-style meals, or just a glass of wine. €. Daily B, L, D. www.literaturhaus-berlin.de. Fasanenstr. 23. T: 030.8825414. U Uhlandstraße. C4
Mediterranean/Contemporary. A 2013 addition to the west-end gourmet scene, Glass is the baby of Israeli chef Gal Ben Moshe. Guests in the sleek, modern space get wowed with an innovative tasting menu that changes daily and the showstopping “Candy Box” dessert, which includes a chocolate mousse frozen tableside with liquid nitrogen. Daily D, closed Sun and Mon. www.glassberlin.de. Uhlandstr. 195. T: 030.54710861. S+U Zoologischer Garten.
Japanese. This upscale Japanese restaurant makes fried finger food taste gourmet. The specialty is kushiage, skewers of delicate morsels like steak cubes, quail eggs, or shiitake mushroom caps that are lightly breaded and fried using a special nongreasy technique. www.kushinoya.de. Bleibtreustr. 6. T: 030.31809897. S Savignyplatz.
Mediterranean. From its location in a glass penthouse atop the 25Hours Hotel, casual-hip Neni offers panoramic views and a fresh, creative fusion of Mediterannean, Middle Eastern, and North African culinary flavors. Many dishes on the diverse menu can be ordered in various sizes, with the goal of making sharing a part of the meal experience. Daily L&D. www.25hours-hotels. com. Budapester Str. 40. T: 030.120221200. S+U Zoologischer Garten. C4
Italian. A family-run establishment, this osteria sets itself apart from the masses of competition with an insistence on the best, freshest ingredients and consistent, meticulous preparation. Expect Italian classics, done very well. €€. Daily D, closed Sun. Bleibtreustr. 51. T: 030.31013263. S Savignyplatz. B4
Austrian. Austrian cuisine with a liberal dash of modern creativity. Classics like Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel are represented, plus in-house creations like venison pâté paired with chilled cranberries and goose liver dumplings served with stewed red cabbage. €€. Daily D. www.ottenthal.com. Kantstr. 153. T: 030.3133162. S+U Zoologischer Garten. B4
French. A long-time West Berlin institution, Paris Bar has seen such celebrities as Madonna, Sophia Loren, and Robert de Niro as patrons over the years. The bistro-style menu includes French musts like oysters and steak-frites,
though the legend alone is enough to draw many guests. €€€. Daily L&D. www.parisbar.net. Kantstr. 152. T: 030.3138052. S Savignyplatz. C4
German. This beloved institution dates back to 1928. Fish is the specialty, and the standingroom-only food counter does a roaring lunch trade in everything from crab cocktail to oysters to Berliner-style fish and chips and roast suckling pig. Daily L, closed Sun. www.rogacki.de. Wilmersdorfer Str. 145-146. T: 030.3438250. U Bismarckstraße.
German. Zillemarkt is steeped in old-school Berliner charm. For a taste, try the “Berliner Allerlei” platter for two, with cabbage rolls, mushy peas, fried potatoes, and no less than five kinds of meat. Daily B, L, D. Bleibtreustr. 48a. T: 030.8817040. S Savignyplatz.
Italian. The interior is frescoed like a Renaissance church, and the famed pizzas are named after each of Jesus’s 12 apostles. Religious influences aside, the thin-crust, wood-fired oven-baked pizzas are sinfully delicious (as are the other Italian menu items). Second location: Georgenstr. 2, Mitte. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.12-apostel.de. Bleibtreustr. 49. T: 030.31 21433. S Savignyplatz. B4 Café. café focuses on the sweetest side of American cuisine: the cupcake. The delectable confections, like Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake topped with peppermint buttercream, can be enjoyed in-house or wrapped up prettily to go. Daily L. www.cupcakeberlin.de. Krossener Str. 12. T: 030.25768687. S+U Warschauer Straße.
German/Austrian. With a crisply white interior reminiscent of snow-capped Alpine peaks, Schneeweiss serves classy takes on Austrian cuisine. Traditional dishes like schnitzel and goulash with Serviettenknödel dumplings share the menu with rotating seasonal offerings. €€. Mon–Fri D, Sat–Sun B, L, D. www.schneeweiss-berlin.de. Simplonstr. 16. T: 030.29049704. S+U Warschauer Straße. H3
Asian creative. Tapas gone Asian. Transit serves a long menu of Thai and Indonesian dishes tapasstyle for just a few euros each, allowing diners to cobble together a meal encompassing a wide range of tastes and ingredients. When in Mitte, try their second location located at Rosenthaler Str. 68. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.transit-restaurants.com. Sonntagstr. 28. T: 030.26948415. S Ostkreuz. Off Map
German. Housed in an imposing 1845 building that was once a hospital and is now an art space, 3 Schwestern gets the best of both worlds: a bright dining room with soaring ceilings, plus seating in a lovely green courtyard. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all covered by the Germaninfluenced menu. €€. Mon–Fri L&D, Sat–Sun B, L, D. www.3schwestern-berlin.de. Mariannenplatz 2. T: 030.60031860. U Görlitzer Bahnhof. F4
Amrit and Mirchi
Indian and Singapore-style. Berlin’s most iconic Indian restaurant, Amrit boasts a total of four locations across the city, serving aromatic curries, tempting meats sizzling off the tandoori grill, and an all-day happy hour offering cocktails for less than €5. Its sister restaurant, Mirchi, serves Singapore-style cuisine in Kreuzberg (Oranienstr. 202) and Mitte (Oranienburger Str. 45). Other Amrit locations in Mitte, Schöneberg, and on Potsdamer Platz; check website for addresses. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.amrit.de. www.mirchi.de. Oranienstr. 202-203. Booking hotline, T: 030.28045481/82.
U Görlitzer Park. F4
Italian/Sicilian. The pleasant market square in the heart of Kreuzberg’s Bergmannkiez neighborhood is home to Antillo, serving rustic yet refined Italian food inspired by the owner’s Sicilian hometown, which also gives the restaurant its name. The menu is kept small to ensure each dish is given the kitchen’s full attention. Look forward to a variety of pastas, pizzas, and specials like vitello tonnato and grilled baby calamari. €€.
Der Goldene Hahn
E5 Spanish. Savor the best Spain has to offer, from original paella, fish and meat dishes grilled on lava stone, as well as a large selection of imported wines and home made tapas. Lunch served daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm. €€. Daily L&D. www.barcelona.berlin. Friedrichstr. 211. T: 030.70228336. U Kochstraße. E3/4 Italian. A cozy atmosphere, adept chefs, and occasional celebrity sightings make this a popular spot. The changing menu of creative daily specials elevates Der Goldene Hahn well above the run-of-the-mill Italian restaurants that abound in Berlin. €€. Daily D. www.goldenerhahn.de. Pücklerstr. 20. T: 030.6188098. U Görlitzer Bahnhof. G4 German. This beloved classic dates back to 1908, and its charm has only grown over the years. The house specialty of this gastro-pub is a crispy half chicken, and – vegetarians beware – there’s very little else on the menu. That means the kitchen pours its energy into perfecting the chicken, which is delicious. Tue–Sun D. www.henne-berlin.de. Leuschnerdamm 25. T: 030.6147730. U Moritzplatz.
Korean. “Let them eat kimchi,” implores the website for this hip, popular Korean restaurant.