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splen­dor of Richard’s gourmet cre­ations and in­te­rior, which in­cludes carved wooden ceil­ings and stained-glass. The 19th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture gets a mod­ern boost from the dé­cor. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.res­tau­rant-richard.de. Köpenicker Str. 174. T: 030.49207242. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

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. 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

Ger­man/Euro­pean. Head chef Ni­co­las Gemin, for­merly of Miche­lin-starred Pauly Saal, wows din­ers with up­scale twists on Ger­man-Euro­pean cui­sine: Think cured salmon with beet pick­les and ri­cotta, oc­to­pus and chorizo, or lamb shoul­der with smoth­ered Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes. Also serves break­fast and week­end brunch. €€–€€€. Mon– Fri L, daily D. www.spindler-ber­lin.net. Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42. T: 030.69598880. U Kot­busser Tor, U Schön­le­in­straße. F4

AIGNER am Gen­dar­men­markt

Aus­trian/Ger­man. The Mitte res­tau­rant boasts an el­e­gant in­te­rior and a view on stately Gen­dar­men­markt. Styled af­ter Vi­enna's famed cof­fee­houses, AIGNER adds a lo­cal touch with dishes like Bran­den­burg roast duck. €€€. Daily L&D. www.aigner-gen­dar­men­markt.de. Franzö­sis­chestr. 25 T: 030.203751850. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Ban­dol sur Mer

Ger­man bread is among

the best in the world, and there are some 600 va­ri­eties from which

to choose. French. This tiny, hip, and very trendy French res­tau­rant de­serves ac­co­lades for its food, though part of its pop­u­lar­ity is no doubt due to the fact that Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie fa­mously dined here. Reser­va­tions a must. €€–€€€. Daily D. www.ban­dol­surmer.de. Torstr. 167. T: 030.67302051. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

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

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 Hentschel. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.cook­i­escream.com. Behren­str. 55. T: 030.27492940. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Crack­ers

Ger­man. Heinz “Cookie” Gin­dullis' latest en­try into the hy­brid club/res­tau­rant space fea­tures an in­no­va­tive bar that serves ex­per­i­men­tal drinks and a ro­tat­ing ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal DJs four nights a week from 9pm un­til late. www.crack­ers­ber­lin.com. Friedrich­str. 158. T: 030.680730488. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Dót­tir

Scan­di­na­vian. Af­ter Dót­tir opened in the spring of 2015, chef Vic­to­ria Elias­dót­tir quickly be­came known as some­thing of a prodigy. The con­fi­dent and very tal­ented 20-some­thing Ice­landic chef cre­ates min­i­mal­ist yet po­tently de­li­cious Nordic cui­sine, with an em­pha­sis on the fresh­est seafood avail­able. €€€. Tue–Sat D. www.dot­tir­ber­lin.de. Mit­tel­str. 40. T: 030.330060760. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

Dudu

Asian Cre­ative. This trendy spot (whose name means "pa­paya" in Viet­namese) 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 Asian sea­son­ing. The daily lunch com­bos are very pop­u­lar. €€. Daily L&D. www.dudu-ber­lin.de. 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.grill­royal.com. Friedrich­str. 105b. T: 030.28879288. S Friedrich­straße. E3

House of Small Won­der

Amer­i­can Fu­sion. The Ber­lin out­post of Brook­lyn fa­vorite. An un­likely yet de­li­cious hy­brid of Ja­panese, Amer­i­can, and Euro­pean cuisines – with a de­li­cious dash of Tex-Mex. Ok­i­nawan taco rice, any­one? www.house­of­s­mall­won­der.de. Jo­han­nis­str. 20. T: 030.27582877. U Oranien­burger Tor. E2

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