Berlin in November. Where to eat?
Flexible on cuisine. Some good schnitzel and some 'traditional' German a must.
I hear there's a great Vietnamese place in Berlin too and I'm sure with such a high Turkish population there's at least a couple of great Turkish places.
Also, where's the best place for local brewed beers? Apologies if this thread's been done a million times prior.
Vietnamese: I think it depends on your expectations, there are several quite decent places. The brothers that own Si An have opened District Mot which I really liked.
Traditional German: Germany is very big and with many regional cuisines (being a local patriot I will try vehemently to claim that the Berlin one has its fine aspects, but I would be lying).
Most of what people actually conceive (outside Germany) as traditional German is actually... Austrian. One good place to have Wiener Schnitzel (Schnitzel made of veal) is Borchardt on Franzoesischer Str. There are plenty of fine Bavarians or Austrians that serve this staple food, with potato salad, e.g. Ottenthal, to which I haven't been in ages, but really liked back in the days.
Borchardt? Really? I always thought it was more of a scene than actual quality food.
I thought the Wiener Schnitzel at Lutter & Wegner on Oranienburger was quite doable (despite the location).
But the best Austrian food is at Felix Austria, Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer and Jolesch -- none of which are in or near Prenzlauer Berg, of course.
Alpenstück was a disappointment.
FWIW - I had the best potato salad at the Swabian stand on Winterfeldtmarkt. Really, really good :-)
Oranienburger Str. is one of the big tourist miles in the city, with the corresponding restaurant scene, i.e. overpriced, mediocre food. Lutter & Wegner didn't disappoint the one time I was lazy and went there, craving German food but not wanting to leave my 'hood. I had Viennese-style liver which was quite good. The schnitzel's dec as well.
Surprisingly enough, the surrounding areas have some very decent restos -- 3 minutes, Tartane, Yarok, Lokal, Pantry, Weinbar Rutz, Katz Orange, etc., etc.….
It was a pretty good Schnitzel at Borchardt. The food there is certainly nice . The space and service certainly add a notch. It is not that common to have waiting staff actually being attentive in Berlin. They even found a delightful, off the menu, solution for a vegan member of our party.
I had a surprisingly good Wiener Schnitzel at Schönbrunn in the middle of Volkspark Friedrichshain and the leafy scenery might be nice in the autumn (and then again, weather might be plain Scheisse).
I have forgotten to add Schwartzwaldstuben, which is very basic, yet good.
The service at L&W is horrendous, that is why I never recommend it, despite the fact that I ate there a very good steak tartare there.
If I were you, I'd look at some of the previous threads -- lots of great information there.
Then, when you have a better idea of what's out there (Berlin's DEF not the place for great Vietnamese food), what neighborhood you'll be staying in, whether you're wiling to travel (the subway system is fab & will get you anywhere within 30 min), etc. etc., you can likely ask more specifically.
Local brewpubs, for now:
Hops & Barley
Hasir in Kreuzberg
Mercan in Kreuzberg
Osmanya in Moabit