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ad­di­tions to the fine menu. €€€. Daily D. www. grill­ 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-kae­ Platz der Repub­lik 1. T: 030 2262990. U Bun­destag, S Bran­den­burger Tor. D3/E3.


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.max­i­m­il­ian­srestau­ 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- Un­ter den Lin­den 35. T: 030.22487257. S+U Friedrich­straße, U Franzö­sis­che Straße. F2


In­ter­na­tional. This rus­tic house, built in 1898 and lucky to sur­vive two World Wars, was a pub and a Rus­sian res­tau­rant in two of its many past lives. To­day, it’s a fine res­tau­rant that seam­lessly in­cor­po­rates French, Rus­sian, and Ger­man culi­nary in­flu­ences. €€€. Daily D. AltMoabit 141. T: 030.3942081. S+U Haupt­bahn­hof. D3

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.ber­ 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-ad­ Behren­str. 72. S+U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

The Grand

The so­phis­ti­cated supper club, with ori­gins reach­ing back to 1842, boasts an Amer­i­can grill that makes its in­ter­na­tional ar­ray of steaks among the best in town. The up­stairs lounge (and, in par­tic­u­lar, its cock­tails) at­tracts a deca­dent and cos­mopoli­tan late-night scene. €€€. Mon– Fri L, Daily D. www.the- grand- ber­ Hirten­str. 4. T: 030.2789099555. U Rosa- Lux­em­burg- Platz. E4

I Due Forni

Ital­ian. The at­mos­phere at this ex­pan­sive pizza hall is on the rau­cous side and the ser­vice is no­to­ri­ously surly, but that doesn’t keep the piz­zalov­ing crowds at bay. The gen­er­ously sized thin­crust con­coc­tions are famed around the city. €. Daily L&D. Schön­hauser Allee 12. T: 030.44017333. U Sene­felder­platz. F2

Lucky Leek

Veg­e­tar­ian. It’s not luck that makes Lucky Leek so good, but rather a ded­i­ca­tion to cre­at­ing top­notch gourmet cui­sine that is also 100- per­cent ve­gan and in­cor­po­rates in­ter­na­tional tastes. The small but com­pre­hen­sive menu changes regularly. €€. Wed–Sun D. Koll­witzstr. 54. T: 030.66408710. U Sene­felder­platz. F2

The Bird

Amer­i­can. The hefty burgers here have a real cult fol­low­ing, and many swear they’re the best in the city. The menu also in­cludes steaks, chicken wings, and a mean club sand­wich. Vege­tar­i­ans will leave hun­gry. €. Daily L&D. www.the­birdinber­ Am Falk­platz 5. T: 030.51053283. S+U Schön­hauser Allee. F1

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