A Cho­co­late Par­adise

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Ba­likci Ergün

Turk­ish. This quirky hole-in-the-wall, with the look and feel of a fish mar­ket, serves fresh seafood the tra­di­tional Turk­ish way. Fried sar­dines and grilled catch- of-the- day fil­lets are served sim­ply with lush sal­ads, le­mon wedges, and warm Turk­ish bread. €€. Daily D. Lüneb­urger Str. 382. T: 030.3975737. S Belle­vue. D3

Barist

Ital­ian. Health­ful, fill­ing break­fasts, quick busi­ness lunches, happy- hour cock­tails, and din­ner with friends can all be found right in the heart of Mitte’s busiest neigh­bor­hood. Lo­cated in the red- bricked arches un­der the trains at S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion, this spot with a big ter­race out front makes for a per­fect meal break any time of day. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.barist.de. Am Zwirn­graben 13. T: 030.24722613. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3

Bor­chardt

Ger­man/French. A fa­vorite hob­nob­bing spot of the rich and fa­mous, Bor­chardt is pop­u­lar for both its food (es­pe­cially the schnitzel) as well as the op­por­tu­nity to see and be seen. €€. Daily L&D. www.bor­chardtrestau­rant.de. Franzö­sis­che Str. 47. T: 030.81886262. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Café Ein­stein Stammhaus

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

S Hack­escher Markt. F2

Ber­liner Weisse is a pale ale brewed only in the cap­i­tal and usu­ally served with a shot

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

Chicago Wil­liams BBQ

Amer­i­can. A culi­nary am­bas­sador 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. Meals come served on a plas­tic tray, but with meat this de­li­cious, who needs plates? €€. Daily D. www.chicagow­illiams­bbq.de. Han­nover­sche Str. 2. T: 030.28042422 U Oranien­burger Tor. E2 The Rit­ter Sport bar is fa­mous the world over, but here in Ger­many it comes in a zil­lion va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing honey and salted al­monds, cook­ies and cream, and Ja­maican rum. Rit­ter Sport Bunte Schokowelt, the com­pany store lo­cated by Gen­dar­men­markt, is like a three-sto­ried amuse­ment park de­signed for visi­tors to dis­cover, cre­ate, and en­joy ev­ery­thing cho­co­late. At the work­shop, kids and adults learn about the process of cho­co­late pro­duc­tion, right down to the de­sign­ing of the brand's iconic col­or­ful and qua­dratic pack­ag­ing. An in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion en­gages all five senses in the history of the ca­cao-based con­fec­tion, while in the shop you can mix and match cho­co­late and fill­ings for that per­fect and per­son­al­ized cre­ation. When you've de­vel­oped the ideal pair­ing, hit the café, where you can have your fa­vorite bar melted in a cup for an oth­er­worldly hot cho­co­late ex­pe­ri­ence. Franzö­sis­che Str. 24. www.rit­ter-sport.de

Cook­ies Cream

Veg­e­tar­ian. A whole new kind of veg­e­tar­ian din­ing. First, there’s get­ting there, which feels more like go­ing to an un­der­ground club than a res­tau­rant – down a con­crete back al­ley and up graf­fi­tied stairs. Then there’s the food, veg­e­tar­ian eat­ing gone haute cui­sine, thanks to the mas­tery of celebrity chef Stephan "Cookie" Hentschel. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.cook­i­escream.com. Behren­str. 55. T: 030.27492940. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Grand Rocka

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. grill­royal.com. Friedrich­str. 105b. T: 030.28879288. S Friedrich­straße. E3

Käfer Dach­garten-Res­tau­rant of the Ger­man Bun­destag

Ger­man. The Re­ich­stag is much more than a sight­see­ing des­ti­na­tion. Thanks to the culi­nary team be­hind Käfer, it’s also a fine din­ing des­ti­na­tion. Lo­cated on the roof of the Re­ich­stag build­ing, the res­tau­rant boasts splen­did views in ad­di­tion to the re­fined, mod­ern Ger­man cui­sine. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Due to se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions, each guest must pro­vide of­fi­cial photo I.D. upon en­try. €€€. Daily B, L, D. www.feinkost-kae­fer.de. Platz der Repub­lik 1. T: 030 2262990. U Bun­destag, S Bran­den­burger Tor. D3/E3.

Max­i­m­il­ians

Ger­man. Max­i­m­il­ians recre­ates the feel of a cozy Bavar­ian beer hall with hearty food and plen­ti­ful beer to match. Meaty spe­cial­ties in­clude pork knuckle served with dumplings and sauer­kraut, freshly baked pret­zels, and the tempt­ing “Mu­nich sausage pa­rade.” From the four kinds of Paulaner beer on tap to the warm hos­pi­tal­ity, Max­i­m­il­ians goes to great lengths to trans­port a piece of Bavaria to the heart of Mitte. €–€€. Daily L & D. www.max­i­m­il­ian­srestau­rant.de. Friedrich­str. 185190. T: 030.20450559. U Stadt­mitte. E3

Nante Eck

Ger­man. With de­light­ful dishes from Ber­lin’s tra­di­tional cui­sine and a menu that changes ev­ery month, the Nante Eck res­tau­rant of­fers a re­fined cui­sine made with fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Spe­cial­ties in­clude ex­tra- big cur­ry­wurst with potato and cu­cum­ber salad, Flammkuchen pies, and a num­ber of meat dishes. Very long beer menu. €. Daily L&D in sum­mer. www.nante- eck.de. Un­ter den Lin­den 35. T: 030.22487257. S Friedrich­straße, U Franzö­sis­che Straße. F2

Res­tau­ra­tion 1840

Ger­man. Lo­cated di­rectly un­der S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion, the el­e­gant, old-timey res­tau­rant has been lov­ingly dec­o­rated in the style of Ber­lin’s Golden Twen­ties. Think curved brick ceil­ings and lots of warm wood ev­ery­where, plus an out­door ter­race that bus­tles with ac­tion on warm days. The menu: clas­sic Ger­man meets mod­ern Euro­pean. €€. Mon–Thu L&D, Fri–Sun B, L, D. www. ber­lin-1840.de. Am Zwirn­graben 10. T: 030.24727401. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3

Sra Bua

Thai/Ja­panese. Ber­lin’s home­grown star chef Tim Raue has done it again. Sra Bua, in the Ho­tel Ad­lon, is his latest res­tau­rant to show off his love for the cuisines of Asia. Guests can ex­pect only the high­est cal­iber Thai and Ja­panese cook­ing, and the Raue spe­cialty: cur­ries that are re­fined yet ex­plod­ing with fla­vor. €€€. Tue-Sat D. www.srabua-ad­lon.de. Behren­str. 72. S+U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

The Brook­lyn

Amer­i­can. Where’s the beef? Not in Brook­lyn, but in this subter­ranean meat-lovers’ par­adise spe­cial­iz­ing in steaks, Amer­i­can- style. Filet

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