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

Balt­hazar 2 Spreeufer

In­ter­na­tional. The new branch of the Char­lot­ten­burg es­tab­lish­ment, this cen­tral restau­rant is bound to be­come a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion among Ber­lin­ers thanks to its cre­ative dishes,which in­clude a tomato and gin­ger soup, a Thai chicken salad with nuts, or mush­room risotto with green­peas and car­da­mon. €€–€€€. Daily D. www.balt­hazar-spreeufer.de. Balt­hazar Spreeufer 2. T: 030.30882156. U Kloster­straße. F3

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,

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