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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.­dalu­cia.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.bel­luc­ 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. Sav­i­gny­platz 1. T: 030.31800020. S Sav­i­gny­platz, U Uh­land­straße.

Café Bleib­treu

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.­ 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-ber­ 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.­ber­ 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.kushi­ 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

Osteria Cen­trale

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.ot­ten­ Kantstr. 153. T: 030.3133162. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. B4

Paris Bar

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.­ 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. 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.

Zwölf Apos­tel

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-apos­ 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.cup­cake­ber­ 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-ber­ 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-restau­ Son­ntagstr. 28. T: 030.26948415. S Ostkreuz. Off Map

3 Sch­west­ern

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-ber­ 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.­ 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.­lin. 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.­en­er­ 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-ber­ Leuschn­er­damm 25. T: 030.6147730. U Moritz­platz.

Kim­chi Princess

Korean. “Let them eat kim­chi,” im­plores the web­site for this hip, pop­u­lar Korean res­tau­rant.

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