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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


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

Chicago Wil­liams BBQ


Asian sea­son­ing. The daily lunch com­bos are very popular. €€. Daily L&D. www.dudu- ber­ Torstr. 134. T: 030.51736854. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Grill Royal

Ger­man/French. A beloved des­ti­na­tion of Mitte’s well- dressed cre­ative scen­esters. There’s more to the menu than just grilled meat, though the steaks are in­deed ex­cel­lent. Lob­ster cock­tail, ce­viche, and oysters are just a few other ad­di­tions to the fine menu. €€€. Daily D. www. grill­ Friedrich­str. 105b. T: 030.28879288. S Friedrich­straße. E3 Spree­wald, home to the leg­endary pickle, is only an

hour away. Amer­i­can. Culi­nary am­bas­sadors for the Amer­i­can BBQ tra­di­tion, Chicago Wil­liams spe­cial­izes in meat and more meat. Or­der a combo of sticky ribs, pulled pork, or jerk chicken, and sides like coleslaw, mac­a­roni and cheese, or mashed pota­toes. It comes on a plas­tic tray, but with meat this de­li­cious, who needs plates? €€. Daily D. www. chicagow­illiams­ Han­nover­sche Str. 2. T: 030.28042422. U Oranien­burger Tor. E2 Asian cre­ative. This trendy spot just off busy Rosen­thaler Platz has earned many fans with its mod­ern, fresh pan-Asian cui­sine. In­ven­tive fu­sion-type sushi is a main­stay of the menu, plus noo­dle and rice bowls that take ad­van­tage of

Grand Rocka

In­ter­na­tional. If you want to be in the cen­ter of the ac­tion, you can’t beat the lo­ca­tion of Grand Rocka. In­side, takes over the his­toric arched space un­der S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion, fea­tur­ing a grand old wooden bar that lives up to the restau­rant’s name, and out front, the ter­race spills out across the busy Platz. The large in­ter­na­tional menu ranges from steaks to piz­zas to burg­ers. €€. Daily B, L, D. Am Zwirn­graben 6–7. T: 030.24638606. S Hack­escher Markt. F2

Käfer Dach­garten-Restau­rant of the Ger­man Bun­destag

Ger­man. The Re­ich­stag is much more than a sight­see­ing des­ti­na­tion. Thanks to the culi­nary

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