Balthazar 2 Spreeufer
International. The new branch of the Charlottenburg establishment, this central restaurant is bound to become a popular destination thanks to creative dishes like tomato and ginger soup, Thai chicken salad, or mushroom risotto with cardamon. €€–€€€. Daily D. www.balthazar-spreeufer.de. Balthazar Spreeufer 2. T: 030.30882156. U Klosterstraße. F3
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
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. Then there’s the food, vegetarian eating gone haute cuisine, thanks to celebrity chef Stephan Hentschel. €€–€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.cookiescream.com. Behrenstr. 55. T: 030.27492940. U Französische Straße. E3
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 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. F2
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 destinatio. On the roof of the famed landmark, Käfer 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.feinkostkaefer.de. Platz der Republik 1. T: 030 2262990. U Bundestag, S Brandenburger Tor. D3/E3.