Where Berlin - - DINING -


Café. Amer­i­can founder Cyn­thia Bar­comi was one of the first to pop­u­lar­ize Amer­i­can desserts in Berlin, from fudgy brown­ies to pecan pie to New York cheese­cake. All those and more have been on of­fer at her Kreuzberg café since 1994, as well as bagel sand­wiches, quiches, and soup. Sec­ond lo­ca­tion at So­phien­str. 21, Mitte. €. Daily B, L, D.­ Bergmannstr. 21. T: 030.6948138. U Gneise­naus­traße. E5

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


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. Friedrich­str. 211. T: 030.70228336. U Kochstraße. E3/4


Turk­ish. The lit­tle Turk­ish grill house ru­mored to be the birth­place of the döner ke­bab in the 1970s has since ex­panded to six lo­ca­tions around the city. The orig­i­nal restau­rant near Kot­tbusser Tor is a very popular spot for try­ing the full spec­trum of what Turk­ish cui­sine has to of­fer – far beyond the ke­bab. €€. Daily L&D. Adal­bert­str. 10. T: 030.6142373. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4


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. Leuschn­er­damm 25. T: 030.6147730. U Moritz­platz. F4

Kim­chi Princess

Korean. “Let them eat kim­chi,” im­plores the web­site for this hip, popular Korean restau­rant. The house spe­cialty is the meaty table­top bar­be­cue to be split be­tween two or more din­ers, which comes with all the tra­di­tional side dishes in­clud­ing, of course, kim­chi. €€. Daily D.­ Skalitzer Str. 36. T: 0163.4580203. U Gör­l­itzer Bahn­hof. F4

Restau­rant Richard

French/Swiss. The in­dis­tinct street be­lies the splen­dor of Richard’s in­te­rior, com­plete with carved wooden ceil­ings and stained-glass win­dows. The 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture gets a mod­ern boost with the dé­cor, as does the menu, which com­bines Swiss and French in­flu­ences with gourmet re­sults. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.restau­ Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030.49207242. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

Sale e Tabac­chi

Ital­ian. A stone’s throw from Check­point Charlie, an area that’s some­thing of a culi­nary waste­land, lies this el­e­gant Ital­ian restau­rant known for at­tract­ing celebri­ties and jour­nal­ists from the Tageszeitung news­pa­per of­fice up­stairs. Try the ri­cotta- and mint- stuffed zuc­chini blos­soms, a popular starter. €–€€. Daily L&D. e-tabac­ Rudi- Dutschke-Str. 23. T: 030.2521155. U Kochstraße. E4

Spindler & Klatt

Asian-Euro­pean fu­sion. Restau­rant, lounge, and club in one, Spindler & Klatt makes full use of its prime river lo­ca­tion. In the sum­mer, the wa­ter­side ter­race is a mem­o­rable spot to en­joy the menu of Pan-Asian dishes, from fine sushi to siz­zling tuna steaks and dry-aged Ir­ish steaks hot off the grill. Even in colder months, the chic, post-in­dus­trial in­te­rior – built in the 1800s as an army bak­ery – is un­for­get­table too. On Fri­days and Satur­days, the spot trans­forms into a club from 23pm. €€€. Daily D. www.spindlerk­ Köpenicker Str. 16–17. T: 030 319881860. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

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