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

Ba­likci Ergün

Turk­ish. This quirky hole-in-the-wall, with the look and feel of a fish mar­ket, serves fresh seafood the tra­di­tional Turk­ish way. Fried sar­dines and grilled catch- of-the- day fil­lets are served sim­ply with lush sal­ads, lemon wedges, and warm Turk­ish bread. €€. Daily D. Lüneb­urger Str. 382. T: 030.3975737. S Belle­vue. D3

Barist

Ital­ian. Health­ful, fill­ing break­fasts, quick busi­ness lunches, happy- hour cock­tails, and din­ner with friends can all be found right in the heart of Mitte’s busiest neigh­bor­hood. Lo­cated in the red- bricked arches un­der the trains at S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion, this spot with a big ter­race out front makes for a per­fect meal break any time of day. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.barist.de. Am Zwirn­graben 13. T: 030.24722613. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3

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

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

Chicago Wil­liams BBQ

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 Ger­man bread is among

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

to choose. 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. 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

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-grand­ber­lin.com. Hirten­straße 4. T: 030.278909555. U Rosa-Lux­em­burg-Platz. F2

Grill Royal

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

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