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Would love some recommendations for a NY Chowhounder travelling to Berlin (4 nights), Paris (5 nights) and London (4 nights) with her 82 year old, very hip and also a foodie, Mom. (Mid April) Mom lived in Paris in the '80s and we are both very familiar with the City, but always open to suggestion. In Berlin we're staying near the KaWeDa store, in London, Kensington Gardens, if that helps at all. I know in NY I'll go to any neighborhood that has a great restaurant.

Are the restaurants on top of the Reichstag and TV Tower worth visiting/making a reservation for?

I've read about Katz Orange in Berlin here, looks like a great place and will definitely have a meal there. We both cook, so love creative and unusual creations as well as traditional food. Budget is probably around EU 50 pp, we are used to high prices coming from NY.

Thanks in advance for suggestions.

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  1. I can't recommend the Reichstag or the TV tower restaurant. Overpriced and just not that great.

    If you want the view, go up on the tower maybe for a pre-dinner drink (Katz is relatively close, so you could certainly combine the two).

    Any particular cuisines you're interested in? As for your budget, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well you can eat in Berlin (not to mention there is no expectation of 20+% tips!) compared to NYC.

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    1. re: linguafood

      Perfect, I won't pursue reservations at either of those places then. So, after a visit to Reichstag at 18:30 on a Friday night, where shall we go for dinner. Same with if we visit the Tower, I'm still trying to get a feel for the city. I did make a reservation for Katz Orange on Thurs. We arrive Wed morning, leaving Sun morning.

      Being from NY, we both love all cuisines, but really enjoy local farm to table the best.

      Yes, plan to eat the best in Berlin as I'm afraid Paris and London will be quite expensive.....

      1. re: owlwoman

        How about Les Valseuses on Friday night? It's a cute French bistro (I know, I know, you're coming from Paris, but it's a great place!) in Prenzlauer Berg, the district north of Mitte (where the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, etc. are located).

        You should also probably check out some Turkish food while in town, namely a döner kebab -- great drunk food.

        Maybe hop on over to my blog and check out the BoB I, II & III entries for some inspiration?

        It's hard to just recommend random restos, not knowing how far you're wiling to travel & what in particular you'd dig.

        Farm to table is pretty much taken care of with Katz. And I assume you are aware of the must-go that is the KaDeWe food floor. Rogacki is nice, too, if you like smoked & pickled fish in many varieties.

      1. re: wally

        Thanks to both of you, I will check out the other boards, linguafood, how do I get to your blog?

        Yes, I definitely want to try some Turkish food, really enjoy that and have been to Istanbul, we are staying near KaDeWe, might end up there our first night due to jet lag.

        We'll actually be going to Paris from Berlin....but might check out the bistro anyway.

      2. You're probably already on your trip by now, so I might be responding too late. But I have some of my favorite Paris spots on my blog. I recommend calling in advance for reservations whenever possible. http://nguyeningfinds.wordpress.com/c.... Hope you're having a blast with your awesome-sounding mom.