Berlin restaurant recs

Aug 27th, 2016, 03:22 AM
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Berlin restaurant recs

Staying at Hilton Berlin near Gendsrmenmarket. We have not always been pleased w/ the recs in our fodors guidebook. German, French are top choices but open to steak houses.
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Aug 28th, 2016, 03:23 AM
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All on or near Gendarmenmarkt :
Lutter und Wegner

Guten Appetit!
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Aug 28th, 2016, 04:19 AM
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Low priced, traditional Berlin food, atmospheric:
Nante Eck, Unter den Linden/Corner Friedrichstraße

Also low-priced, specialized in German Ravioli:
Die Maultasche, Charlottenstraße

For lunch, low-priced, creative, every dish with a hint of chocolate:
Fassbender & Rausch Chocolate House, right next to the Hilton

Medium-priced, specialized in regional food:
Mark Brandenburg, in the Hilton

High-priced, 2 Michelin stars, probably Berlin's best restaurant:
Fischers Fritz in the Regent Hotel, on Gendarmenmarkt, opposite the Hilton

I would not recommend Lutter and Wegner anymore. They serve Austrian cuisine and, since it is crowded by tourists, price and quality are no longer balanced.
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Aug 28th, 2016, 05:33 AM
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The best snack (rather than full meal) we had in Berlin was at the Cinco Jotas bar on the gourmet food floor at KaDeWe. Absolutely delicious ham served with quince jelly and you can order a glass of Spanish wine or sherry to go with it.

Caveat: I just looked at the KaDeWe site and didn't see Cinco Jotas on their list of brands for the gourmet floor. I hope they're not gone already
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Martha's, on Grunewaldstr., is one of the newer shooting stars - reservations recommended/required.
Mostly frequented by locals as it still has not been discovered by more traditionally-oriented travel guides.

Other, also less conventional dining places would be Industry Standard in Neukölln or Dottir in Mitte (the latter if you fancy Nordic cuisine).

In Mitte, Crackers is also hot.

Nobelhart und Schmutzig is a bit uber-cool for my taste - 100% regional ingredients, which gets somewhat boring in wintertime. But still a 1 star restaurant.
Also Bandol sur Mer in Mitte. French. 1 star. 2 seatings per night. Reservations required.

Neni's - on the top floor of the 25hours hotel - does great Israeli-mediterranean food. Reservations recommended - especially in the evening.

Less/not formal:
Anything on Goltzstr. in Schöneberg district.
Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg district - also in the late evening on Thursdays.

On Sunday afternoons and evenings, you can sample food from across the world at the foodtrucks/stands at Mauerpark (not in winter). Also a nice place (okay, quite touristy already) to hang an hour or two on sundays with street performers, flea market, and food. No high-end but casual food, obviously.
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Aug 28th, 2016, 06:24 AM
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Sorry, I misunderstood. I thought fool wanted recommendations near the hotel
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The gourmet food floor at KaDe We.( NOT the top floor restaurant ) is something to see even without sampling the food.( hard to resist !)
When I stay in the west part of Berlin it is my favorite spot for late breakfast/ lunch.
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I was worried went the post went a whole day w/ no response! Thanks again to you kind folks willing to give of your time to help others plan. I think that will cover our time there.

In our past trips to France, my husband has always worn a sport coat/blue blazer to serve as warmth and cover our bases for upscale restaurants. We pack carryon. He is debating that this time for two reasons: we are going a month earlier (early Sept vs early Oct) and our 24 year old son w/ be with us and not have a jacket. Husband will have a button down collared shirt and slacks and a slip on loafer by Cole Hahn that will be worn for sightseeing too.

I am assuming a jacket will be required for all Michelin star restaurants.
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Aug 28th, 2016, 11:28 AM
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Aigner is excellent. We ate there twice, oitside inder the porticos.mOir Concierge at the Adlon described the food as Modern German. The weiner sxhnitzel and dick were delicious. Opposite Gendmarkt.
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Aug 28th, 2016, 12:20 PM
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Thank you HappyTrvlr. My son loves weiner schnitzel! What attire do you recommend. I don't mind eating at the same place several times in a short stretch.
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>> I was worried went the post went a whole day w/ no response! <<

We sleep when you are posting.

>> I am assuming a jacket will be required for all Michelin star restaurants. <<

Definitly not. Only business people eating on a bill of expenses were suits and ties. Those who can afford to pay for themselves are allowed to dress casually. Usually, when you enter a gourmet restaurant, the waitstuff offers to hang the jacket in the cloakroom (better than over the backrest of your chair).

Shirt & sweater will fine, or shirt & cardigan or shirt alone. On the continent, dress rules do not apply. It is the overall impression that counts.

Berlin has 13 restaurants with one star, and 6 with two stars. Whichever you select, you will not be disappointed.

Probably no one of us Fodorites has eaten in all 18 starred restaurants, so every recommendation remains sketchy.

But if you are staying at the Hilton, why not having dinner at Fischers Fritz (which is one of my favourites)? It is just across the square. Also in very easy walking distance, you find Tim Raue, who is even more creative and adventurous (Asia-inspired). Tim Raue also serves lunch.
I can both recommend not highly enough. And I find the prices still appropriate.

The most conservative place is Lorenz Adlon's Esszimmer. There, you may feel not comfortable without a jacket indeed.

Something special is the Pauly Saal, a restaurant with one star in a former Jewish girls school. The ambiance is special and they are specialized in preparing traditional German dishes (like pigeon, mackarel, pointed cabbage, beans) in a refined and modern way. Great value for money and very reasonable lunch menus. The property is owned by the Jewish Community and was modernized with the help of the Jewish Claims Conference.
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Aug 29th, 2016, 09:24 AM
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Great news traveller1959! Fischer Fritz is on the short list now that I know our son could join us. I love the idea doing lunch at these establishments too. The Mark Brandenberg at our hotel looks like an easy option for lunch or dinner.
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Manon at Hausvogteiplatz 10 (4 min. walk from Gendarmenmarkt). Excellent Black Angus & Wagyu beef (and a lot more!).
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Aug 29th, 2016, 10:41 AM
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Fischers Fritz has stopped serving lunch. Very sad, it had been such a good bargain for lunch.

Mark Brandenburg is certainly two classes below, but they use fresh ingredients from the region, like local sweetwater fish, local pork etc.

For lunch, really consider Fassbender & Rausch. It is a chocoloate store and as such, it is worth a visit. They also offer lunch, and all dishes are prepared with just a twist of chocolate.

And it's just at the corner of the Hilton.
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And if you want to splurge (although their lunch is very affordable): Tim Raue.
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Aug 30th, 2016, 05:45 AM
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MyriamC and Traveller1959-I do want to eat lunch or dinner at Tim Raue, but alas, it is booked for the one day they are serving, Saturday, Sept 3 during our stay sept 3-6. I have booked Fischer Fritz and Manon. Now for a look at Aigner.
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