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

Barist

Ital­ian. Health­ful, fill­ing break­fasts, quick busi­ness lunches, happy- hour cock­tails, and din­ner with friends in the red- bricked arches un­der the trains at S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.barist.de. Am Zwirn­graben 13. T: 030.24722613. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/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

Beef Bull Club

Steaks. Juicy, de­li­cious steaks and high- qual­ity meats on the bustling, lively Platz at Hack­escher Markt. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.beef­bull­club.de. Neue Prom­e­nade 7. T: 030.27582849. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3

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

Grand Rocka

In­ter­na­tional. In­side, the restau­rant takes over the his­toric arched space un­der S Hack­escher Markt sta­tion, fea­tur­ing a grand old wooden bar that lives up to the restau­rant’s name, and out front, the ter­race spills out across the busy Platz. The large in­ter­na­tional menu ranges from steaks to piz­zas to burg­ers. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.grandrocka. de. Am Zwirn­graben 6–7. T: 030.24638606. F2

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. Rosa-Lux­em­burg-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

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.

Katz Orange

Ger­man/Euro­pean. Housed in a for­mer brew­ery, the warm, stylish in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion of this restau­rant is met with a menu of top-qual­ity, up­dated com­fort foods. The kitchen’s pride and joy is the “Slow Food” sec­tion of the menu, star­ring 12-hour, sous vide roasted pork neck, ribs, or lamb shoul­der. €€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.kat­zo­r­ange.com. Bergstr. 22. T: 030.983208430. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

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

Res­tau­ra­tion 1840

Ger­man. An el­e­gant, old-timey restau­rant dec­o­rated in the style of Berlin’s Golden 1920s. Think curved brick ceil­ings and lots of warm wood ev­ery­where, plus an out­door ter­race. The menu: clas­sic Ger­man meets mod­ern Euro­pean. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.berlin-1840.de.de. Am Zwirn­graben 10. T: 030.24727401. S Hack­escher Markt. F2/F3

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