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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. B4


Ital­ian. Lo­cated right on the Ku’damm, 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. B4

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. bleib­ 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. C3


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. B4


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. B3


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. B4

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

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