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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

The Brook­lyn

Amer­i­can. This subter­ranean meat-lovers’ par­adise spe­cial­izes in Amer­i­can- style steaks. Filet mignon, porter­house, chateaubriand, and steak tartare are all rep­re­sented, plus a burger made from the finest rib eye. €€€. Daily L&D. www.the­brook­lyn.de. Köpenicker Str. 92. T: 030.20215820. U Märkisches Mu­seum, U Hein­rich- Heine-Straße. F3

Café Ein­stein Stammhaus

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

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

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

Paris-Moskau

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. www.paris-moskau.de. Alt- Moabit 141. T: 030.3942081. S+U Haupt­bahn­hof. D3

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

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