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5 – Cinco by Paco Pérez
Catalan star chef Paco Pérez’s very first endeavor outside Spain is this Michelin- starred restaurant in Das Stue Hotel. His aim is to tickle all five senses with avant- garde taste experiences that take full advantage of the flavors and ingredients of his home country. Tue–Sat D. www.5- cinco.com. Drakestr. 1. T: 030.3117220. S Tiergarten.
Situated in a glass atrium of The Mandala Hotel and ringed by the courtyard’s trees, Facil has mastered understated elegance in both its décor and cuisine. Double- Michelin- starred chef Michael Kempf is particularly masterful with seafood when creating his fine menus. Mon– Fri L&D. www.facil.de. Potsdamer Str. 3. T: 030.590051234. S Potsdamer Platz.
Pure, straightforward luxury is the formula at this restaurant in the Regent Berlin Hotel. One of just a handful of Berlin restaurants to earn two Michelin stars, Fischers Fritz will not fail to impress with its elevated cuisine and finely honed service. Daily B, humuD. www.fischersfritzberlin.com. Charlottenstr. 49. T: 030.20336363. U Französische Straße.
Austria- born chef Sebastian Frank built a reputation – and earned a Michelin star – with his highly creative, oftentimes minimalist use of seasonal ingredients, from sunchokes to candied parsley root to spruce needles. Wooden interior and lovely outdoor patio. Wed–Sun D. www.restaurant- horvath.de. Paul- Lincke- Ufer 44a. T: 030.61289992. U Kottbusser Tor.
On the 14th floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Hugos offers panoramic views of the city along with Michelin- starred French- German cuisine, with a well- earned reputation as one of Berlin's go-to gourmet destinations. Tue–Sat D. www. hugos- restaurant.de. Budapesterstr. 2. T: 030.26021263. S+U Zoologischer Garten.
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
The Hotel Adlon restaurant boasts two Michelin stars and a well- earned spot in the upper echelon of Berlin’s finest restaurants. No detail is spared in the creation of an unforgettable dining experience, presided over by chef Hendrik Otto.
€€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.lorenzadlon- esszimmer.de. Unter den Linden 77. T: 030.2661196. S+U Brandenburger Tor.
The chic, hip décor is matched by a menu of equally creative German cuisine, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2013. Meat dishes made
from local game are a highlight. €€€. Daily L&D, closed Sun. www.paulysaal.com. Auguststr. 11–13. T: 030.33006070. S Oranienburger Straße. E2
Chef Daniel Achilles didn’t earn two Michelin stars by playing it safe. The two nightly dinner menus at Reinstoff – one focused on regional tastes, the other incorporating influences from farther afield – are successful experiments in exciting, avantgarde cuisine. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.reinstoff.eu. Schlegelstr. 26c. T: 030.30881214. U Naturkundemuseum, S Nordbahnhof. E2
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
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
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
Wilson's – The Prime Rib Restaurant
American. Juicy, high-quality meats cooked the American way and served with salads, potatoes and extravagant desserts. €€€. www.restaurant-wilsons. de. Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre. Nürnberger Str. 65. T: 030.21007000. U Augsburger Straße. C4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
German. The sight of Neumond’s historic and refined counter gives a hint of the restaurant’s simple elegance in both interior design and menu. This includes a vast selection of courses ranging from classic to special and a variety of drinks to choose from. Sweet tooth? do not miss the white chocolate mousse. €€. Borsigstr. 28, Mitte. Daily L and Tue-Sun D. www.office@neumond-restaurant. de. T: 030.2857505. S Nordbahnhof. E2
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. Am Zwirngraben 10. T: 030.24727401. S Hackescher Markt. F2/F3