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Apr 13, 2009 04:53 PM

Berlin recommendations?

I am going to Berlin for five nights at the beginning of May and am looking for tips on great places to eat. I lived there many years ago and loved places like Habibi for falafel and Abendmahl in Kreuzberg, but I'm completely out of it now in terms of Berlin restaurants. A little cursory research yielded a few places I'm considering: Die Quadrina, Altes Europa, Vau, Florian, Marjellchen Fischers Fritz and Monsieur Vong. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Many thanks-

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  1. Where will you be staying? Are you willing to travel? What kind of cuisine are you particularly interested in?

    I'd forget about Vau & Quadriga. Fischers Fritz is great, you may also try Mâ or Umâ, if you're willing to blow big bucks.

    If you want a modern take on local, fresh German cuisine, check out Renger-Patzsch ( in Schöneberg. The food is great, apps are under 10 Euro, mains under 20.

    You may also want to check out Henne in Kreuzberg for the best fried chicken in town, or Wok Show in Prenzlauer Berg for jiao zi.

    1. Hi - just got back from Berlin. Renger-Patzsch was good, very reasonable, mellow, and nice ambience. I had the lamb with thyme mashed potatoes. The lamb was a bit fatty for me, but with a lovely reduction. I noticed a lot of folks ordering some type of flat bread with veggies and meat on top that resembled a pizza. Very nice service and the restaurant is very cute with old schoolhouse style lamps. I tried Altes Europa as well - while I loved the comfortable vibe, friendly staff and design of the place, I had a pretty subpar meal there. It's in a cute neighborhood with lots of boutiques, so if you happen to be there anyway, maybe just plan on a simple lunch or afternoon coffee. Great, comfortable space, not so great food.

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      1. re: sumi

        Ah, those flatbreads are an Alsatian specialty -- Flammekuchen. I've only so far tried their apple cinnamon one, which was to die for....

      2. If anyone can remember where any of the current "pay what you will" secret wine bars are, those are always a great experience. I went to one a few years back in Prenzlauerberg that was just so adorable and delicious.

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        1. re: waterbuffalo

          Yah, they're still around. But the wine is awful, and it's really not worth it.

          1. re: waterbuffalo

            Here's a link to a New York Times article about such Weinerein.