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ke­bab. €€. Daily L&D. www.hasir.de. Adal­bert­str. 10. T: 030.6142373. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

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 up­stairs. Try the ri­cotta-and mint- stuffed zuc­chini blos­soms, a pop­u­lar starter. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.sale- e-tabac­chi.de. 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. Even in colder months, the post-in­dus­trial in­te­rior – built in the 1800s as an army bak­ery – im­presses. On Fri­days and Satur­days, the spot trans­forms into a club from 23pm. €€€. Daily D. www.spindlerk­latt.com. Köpenicker Str. 16–17. T: 030.319881860. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4 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.bor­chardt- res­tau­rant.de. Franzö­sis­che Str. 47. T: 030.81886262. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

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

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. 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

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

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

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