Where Berlin - - DINING -


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- restau­ 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.cook­i­ 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


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. hof­ Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 30. T: 030 679665520. S+U 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. hum­ Oranien­burger Str. 27. T: 030.55471454. S Oranien­burger Straße. F2


Chi­nese. Just across the wa­ter from Mu­seum Is­land, Jolly’s lo­ca­tion couldn’t be bet­ter for a tasty Chi­nese meal in be­tween sight­see­ing stops. Bring an ap­petite to try as many of the steamed dim sum dumplings as pos­si­ble be­fore mov­ing on to the menu’s ex­ten­sive va­ri­ety of Sichuan-style and Can­tonese dishes. Tra­di­tional Pek­ing duck is the house spe­cialty. €€. Daily L and D. www.restau­ Am Kupfer­graben 4/4A. T: 030.20059500. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

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-kae­ Platz der Repub­lik 1. T: 030 2262990. U Bun­destag, S Bran­den­burger Tor. D3/E3.


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.max­i­m­il­ian­srestau­ 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. Very long beer menu. €. Daily L&D in sum­mer. www.nante- Un­ter den Lin­den 35. T: 030.22487257. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. F2

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