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. www.barcomis.de. 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. www.amrit.de. www.mirchi.de. 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. www.barcelona.berlin. 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. www.hasir.de. 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. www.henne-berlin.de. Leuschnerdamm 25. T: 030.6147730. U Moritzplatz. F4
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. www.kimchiprincess.com. Skalitzer Str. 36. T: 0163.4580203. U Görlitzer Bahnhof. F4
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.restaurant-richard.de. Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030.49207242. U Schlesisches Tor. G4