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 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 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. €€. 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

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 Nante Eck

Ger­man. With de­light­ful dishes from Berlin’s tra­di­tional cui­sine and a menu that changes ev­ery month, the Nante Eck restau­rant of­fers a re­fined cui­sine made with fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Spe­cial­ties in­clude ex­tra- big cur­ry­wurst with potato and cu­cum­ber salad and Flammkuchen pies. Very long beer menu. €. Daily L&D in sum­mer. www.nante- eck.de. Un­ter den Lin­den 35. T: 030.22487257. S+U Friedrich­straße, U Franzö­sis­che Straße. F2 Kat­jes Café Grün-Ohr

Café. TIt’s heaven for the sweet-toothed. The shop and café by Kat­jes not only stocks the brand’s full line of vege­tar­ian-friendly, gelatin-free gummy candy, but also a rain­bow of ve­gan cup­cakes, cof­fee, and fresh­squeezed juices that can be en­joyed on site or to go.

€. Rosen­thaler Str. 32. T: 030.97894702. www.kat­jes.de. F2 Käfer Dach­garten-Restau­rant of the Ger­man Bun­destag Ger­man. The Re­ich­stag is for more than sight­see­ing. Thanks to the culi­nary team be­hind Käfer, it’s also a fine din­ing des­ti­na­tion. On the roof of the famed land­mark, Käfer boasts splen­did views and re­fined, mod­ern Ger­man cui­sine. Ad­vance 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.

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