MITTE

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Rudi- Dutschke-Str. 23. T: 030.2521155. U Kochstraße. E4

Spindler

Ger­man/Euro­pean. Head chef Ni­co­las Gemin, for­merly of Miche­lin-starred Pauly Saal, wows din­ers with up­scale twists on Ger­man-Euro­pean cui­sine: Think cured salmon with beet pickles and ri­cotta, oc­to­pus and chorizo, or lamb shoul­der with smoth­ered Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes. Also serves break­fast and week­end brunch. €€–€€€. Mon– Fri L, daily D. www.spindler-ber­lin.net. Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42. T: 030.69598880. U Kot­tbusser Tor, U Schön­le­in­straße. F4

Spindler & Klatt

Asian-Euro­pean fu­sion. Restau­rant, lounge, and club in one, Spindler & Klatt makes full use of its prime river lo­ca­tion. In the sum­mer, the wa­ter­side ter­race is a mem­o­rable spot to en­joy the menu of Pan-Asian dishes, from fine sushi to siz­zling tuna steaks and dry-aged Ir­ish steaks hot off the grill. Even in colder months, the chic, post-in­dus­trial in­te­rior – built in the 1800s as an army bak­ery – is un­for­get­table too. On Fri­days and Satur­days, the spot trans­forms into a club from 23pm. €€€. Daily D. www.spindlerk­latt.com. Köpenicker Str. 16–17. T: 030 319881860. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

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. 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

Hof­bräuhaus

Ger­man. An Ok­to­ber­fest at­mos­phere for the whole fam­ily 365 days a year. This restau­rant serves break­fast, lunch, and din­ner in typ­i­cal Bavar­ian style, along­side live mu­sic, wait­ers in tra­di­tional cos­tume, and the tra­di­tional Hof­bräu beer, brewed in Mu­nich since the 1700s. Ex­pect dumplings and roasted ham hock at their pop­u­lar Sun­day brunch. €. www. hof­braeu-wirtshaus.de. Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 30. T: 030 679665520. U + S Alexan­der­platz. F2

Hum­mus & Friends

Is­raeli. Creamy, rich, and fluffy hum­mus with warm pita bread might just be Is­rael’s na­tional dish, and with the open­ing of Hum­mus & Friends, it’s easy to get in the Ger­man cap­i­tal too. Also on the menu are fresh, col­or­ful sal­ads and side dishes like roasted whole cau­li­flower with tahini sauce. The bar even serves kosher Is­raeli wine. Daily L&D. www. hum­mus-and-friends.com. Oranien­burger Str. 27. T: 030.55471454. S Oranien­burger Straße. 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.feinkost-kae­fer.de. Platz der Repub­lik 1. T: 030 2262990. U Bun­destag, S Bran­den­burger Tor. D3/E3.

Max­i­m­il­ians

Ger­man. Max­i­m­il­ians recre­ates the feel of a cozy Bavar­ian beer hall with hearty food and plen­ti­ful beer to match. Meaty spe­cial­ties in­clude pork knuckle served with dumplings and sauer­kraut, freshly baked pret­zels, and the tempt­ing “Mu­nich sausage pa­rade.” From the four kinds of Paulaner beer on tap to the warm hos­pi­tal­ity, Max­i­m­il­ians goes to great lengths to trans­port a piece of Bavaria to the heart of Mitte. €–€€. Daily L&D. www.max­i­m­il­ian­srestau­rant.de. Friedrich­str. 185–190. T: 030.20450559. U Stadt­mitte. 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.

Café am Neuen See and Bier­garten

Ger­man/Euro­pean. A wa­ter­side lo­ca­tion in the mid­dle of the Tier­garten park makes this a lovely spot come warm weather or chilly. Be­sides sat­is­fy­ing meals, vis­i­tors can en­joy a seat in the beer gar­den or a row on the lake in sum­mer or glow­ing fire­places and games of Eis­stockschiessen – a Bavar­ian ice game sim­i­lar to curl­ing – in the winter. €. Daily B, L, D. www.cafeam­neuensee.de. Licht­en­steinallee 2. T: 030.2544930. S Tier­garten. C3

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