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Café Win­ter­garten im Lit­er­aturhaus

Ger­man/Aus­trian. Clas­sic el­e­gance per­me­ates the high- ceilinged rooms of this café, rem­i­nis­cent of turn- of-the- cen­tury lit­er­ary sa­lons. Snag a ta­ble in the green­house-like vestibule, or set­tle down by one of the grand win­dows to en­joy break­fast, bistro- style meals, or a glass of wine. €. Daily B, L, D. www.lit­er­aturhaus- ber­lin.de. Fasa­nen­str. 23. T: 030.8825414. U Uh­land­straße. C4

Duke Restau­rant

French. The Elling­ton Ho­tel’s sig­na­ture restau­rant is all about French haute cui­sine with mod­ern, cre­ative twists. Both the à la carte op­tions and the menu of monthly spe­cials il­lus­trate the restau­rant’s ded­i­ca­tion to top-qual­ity best meat, seafood, and re­gional pro­duce. €€€. Mon–Sat L&D. www.duke-restau­rant. com. Nürn­berger Str. 50-55. T: 030.683154000. U Augs­burger Straße. C4

Glass

Mediter­ranean. A 2013 ad­di­tion to the west-end gourmet scene, Glass is the baby of Is­raeli chef Gal Ben Moshe. Guests in the sleek, mod­ern space get wowed with an in­no­va­tive tast­ing menu that changes daily and the show-stop­ping “Candy Box” dessert, which in­cludes a chocolate mousse frozen ta­ble­side with liq­uid ni­tro­gen. €€€. Daily D, closed Sun– Mon. www.glass­ber­lin.de. Uh­land­str. 195. T: 030.54710861. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3

Kushi­noya

Ja­panese. This up­scale Ja­panese restau­rant makes fried fin­ger-food taste gourmet. The spe­cialty is kushi­age, skew­ers of del­i­cate morsels like steak cubes, quail eggs, or shi­itake mushroom caps that are lightly breaded and fried us­ing a spe­cial non­greasy tech­nique. www.kushi­noya.de. Bleib­treustr. 6. T: 030.31809897. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

La­mazère Brasserie

French. Proof that fine din­ing needn’t break the bank is La­mazère Brasserie, a much-lauded din­ing spot that earned “Bib Gour­mand” sta­tus in the rev­ered Miche­lin Guide, a cat­e­gory com­mend­ing great food at good value. The three- course din­ner menu for € 35 will al­low you to sam­ple var­i­ous Neukölln’s oh-so-hip We­ser­straße is known far and wide for its bar scene, but not es­pe­cially for its din­ing. That is, un­til Beuster opened about a year and a half ago. To be fair, the full name of the place is Beuster Bar – and they do make some pretty great cock­tails – but the food is where Beuster re­ally ex­cels. The menu is solidly Euro­pean bistro, which goes very well with the char­ac­ter­ful, an­tique-y feel of the place, an am­bi­ence set by fea­tures like a gleam­ing wooden bar, raw, un­fin­ished walls, and old tiles. En­dur­ing French clas­sics are the kitchen’s spe­cialty – look for­ward to things like steak tartare with match­stick pota­toes, oys­ters, onion soup, steaks, Coq au Vin, and moules­frites (mussels in broth, with more of those de­li­cious match­stick fries), though Ger­man and Mediter­ranean dishes find their place on the menu too. We­ser­str. 32. T: 030.41959780. www.beuster­bar.com French food musts, like oeufs co­cotte baked eggs, char­cu­terie plat­ters, duck con­fit, beef tartare, and tarte tatin for dessert. What­ever the kitchen has cooking that night, ev­ery del­i­cacy has that je ne sas quoi that has made French cui­sine so fa­mous. €€€. Tue-Sun D. www.lamazere.de. Stuttgarter Platz 18. T: 030.31800712. S Char­lot­ten­burg. B4

Paris Bar

French. Many celebri­ties – in­clud­ing Madonna, Sophia Loren, and Robert De Niro – have pa­tron­ized this West Ber­lin in­sti­tu­tion over the years. The bistro- style menu in­cludes French clas­sics like oys­ters and steak-frites, though the leg­end alone is enough to draw guests. €€€. Daily L&D. www.paris­bar.net. Kantstr. 152. T: 030.3138052. S Sav­i­gny­platz. C4

Zwölf Apos­tel

Ital­ian. The in­te­rior of this Char­lot­ten­burg restau­rant is fres­coed like a Re­nais­sance church, and the famed piz­zas are named af­ter each of Je­sus’s twelve apos­tles. The thin- crust, wood-fired piz­zas are sin­fully de­li­cious, as are the other Ital­ian menu items. Sec­ond lo­ca­tion: Ge­or­gen­str. 2, Mitte. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.12-apos­tel.de. Bleib­treustr. 49. T: 030.31 21433. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

Ma­treshka

Rus­sian. Sim­ple, homey Rus­sian fare. Borscht, meat­stuffed pel­meni dumplings and their veg­e­tar­ian equiv­a­lent, vareniky, a se­lec­tion of Ge­or­gian wines, and, of course, plenty of vodka. €. Daily L&D. Box­ha­gener Str. 60. T: 0163.9870767. S Ostkreuz. H3

Tran­sit

Asian Fu­sion. The long menu of tapas- style Thai and In­done­sian dishes, each just a few euros, al­lows din­ers to cob­ble to­gether a meal en­com­pass­ing a wide range of tastes and in­gre­di­ents. Sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Mitte at Rosen­thaler Str. 68. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.tran­sitrestau­rants.com. Son­ntagstr. 28. T: 030.26948415. S Ostkreuz. Off Map

Sch­neeweiss

Ger­man/Aus­trian. With a crisply white in­te­rior rem­i­nis­cent of snow- capped Alpine peaks, Sch­neeweiss serves up­scale takes on tra­di­tional Aus­trian cui­sine, such as sch­nitzel and goulash with Servi­et­tenknödel dumplings. Ro­tat­ing sea­sonal of­fer­ings. €€. Mon– Fri D, Sat–Sun B, L, D. www.sch­neeweiss- ber­lin.de. Sim­plon­str. 16. T: 030.29049704. S+U Warschauer Straße. H3

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