MITTE

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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

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. €€. Daily L&D. www.dudu-ber­lin.de. Torstr. 134. T: 030.51736854. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

The Grand

Ger­man. 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 late-night scene. €€€. Mon– Fri L, Daily D. www.the-grand-ber­lin. com. Hirten­straße 4. T: 030.278909555. U RosaLux­em­burg-Platz. 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 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

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.

Katz Orange

Ger­man/Euro­pean. Housed in a former brew­ery, the warm, stylish in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion of this restau­rant is met with a menu of top-qual­ity, up­dated com­fort foods. The kitchen’s pride and joy is the “Slow Food” sec­tion of the menu, star­ring 12-hour, sous vide roasted pork neck, ribs, or lamb shoul­der. €€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.kat­zo­r­ange.com. Bergstr. 22. T: 030.983208430. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

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. 185–190. T: 030.20450559. U Stadt­mitte. E3

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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