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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



Restau­rant Richard

Sale e Tabac­chi

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

Al Con­tadino Sotto Le Stelle

Ital­ian. A neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite, this restau­rant’s Ital­ian own­ers take pride in sourc­ing top- qual­ity in­gre­di­ents di­rectly from their home coun­try. Be­sides the home­made pas­tas, the cre­ative, sea­sonal an­tipasti are a menu high­light. Their nextdoor moz­zarella bar serves fresh moz­zarella and bur­rata made by hand near Naples. €€. Daily D, closed Tue.­con­ Au­gust­str. 36.

T: 030.2819023. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2 Turk­ish. This quirky, hole-in-the-wall restau­rant, with the look and feel of a fish mar­ket, serves fresh seafood the tra­di­tional Turk­ish way. Whole fried sar­dines and grilled fil­lets of the catch of the day are served sim­ply with lush sal­ads, lemon wedges, and warm Turk­ish bread. €€. Daily D. Lüneb­urger Str. 382. T: 030.3975737. S Belle­vue. D3 Döner Ke­bab was in­vented by a Turk­ish im­mi­grant

in Ber­lin. 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 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 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 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



Ba­likci Ergün

Ital­ian. From a healthy, fill­ing break­fast to a quick busi­ness lunch to happy hour cock­tails and din­ner with friends, Barist serves it all, and right in the heart of Mitte’s busiest neigh­bor­hood. Lo­cated in the red- bricked arches right un­der the trains at S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion with a big ter­race out front, this spot makes for a per­fect meal break any time of day. €€. Daily B, L, D. Am Zwirn­graben 13. T: 030.24722613. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3 Ger­man/French. A fa­vorite hob­nob­bing spot of the rich and fa­mous, Bor­chardt is popular for both its food as well as the op­por­tu­nity to see and be seen. Be sure to try the house spe­cialty, the schnitzel. €€. Daily L&D. www.bor­chardt-restau­ Franzö­sis­che Str. 47. T: 030.81886262. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Café Ein­stein Stammhaus

Ger­man/Aus­trian. The 1878 villa hous­ing this Vi­en­nese-style cof­fee house has sur­vived a long and sto­ried his­tory. To­day, the estab­lish­ment is back to its for­mer grandeur, a lovely spot for a meal or to while away the af­ter­noon with a cof­fee and some­thing to read. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.cafee­in­ Kur­fürsten­str. 58. T: 030.26391918. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

Chicago Wil­liams BBQ

Amer­i­can. Culi­nary am­bas­sadors for the Amer­i­can BBQ tra­di­tion, Chicago Wil­liams spe­cial­izes in

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