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I don't see any recent Berlin threads, so I thought I'd start one.  I'm hoping to have a couple extra days on my own when I go out for business next month.  I'm looking for a few recs that are moderately priced (hoping to stay under 40-45 euros) and aren't limited to doner kebab and currywurst.  Thanks.

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Berlin is really spread out, and while public transportation is good, it takes ages to get places. Do you know what neighborhood you will be in? 

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OK that said, I've heard really good things about the following places: 

Katz Orange 

Lamazere Brasserie 

 

There is also a sister restaurant of Tim Raue that could be within budget: Brasserie Colette

There is a branch in Munich as well and while we normally avoid non-local places it has ended up on regular rotation as the food is really very good. My personal faves are the octopus with veal reduction and sunchokes, and the yellowtail crudo with buttermilk and wheatgrass. 

 

On the cheap end there are more options than just Döner and Currywurst (though I do love a Witty's currywurst!). Berlin is a pretty international city and has great inexpensive options of most cuisines. 

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Berlin is really spread out, and while public transportation is good, it takes ages to get places. Do you know what neighborhood you will be in? 

 

Not yet.  We're staying in whichever hotel the client chooses for us.  I really, really hope we don't get stuck by the airport.

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Looks like we're staying right by the SW corner of Tiergarten (by the Zoo) and the Spree.  Closest U-Bahn station is Bahnhof Wittenbergplatz.  I'm there for the first 2 nights and haven't decided whether to extend my stay at that hotel for the other 2 nights or go somewhere cheaper (though this place isn't bad price-wise) or better located.

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So you’re right next to KaDeWe (legendary department store with even more legendary food court) and Brasserie Colette is right around the corner.

 

Also there is a really good „Wochenmarkt“ right at the square, I went there ages ago but the internet says it is still active and good. (Tuesday Thursday Friday.)

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Yeah, I saw that I'm pretty close to KaDeWe, which is on my list of must-see places.  Didn't know about the Friday market.

 

I think I'm going to try to stay in that part of town for my last 2 nights, though since the Festival of Lights is going on I don't want to be right near any of the light shows--my sleep is going to be disrupted enough.

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You are on the U2 line so could get to Gendarmenmarkt pretty quickly. If Borchardts or Aigner is in your price range they would be great options.

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Thanks. Unfortunately, Borchardt has no menu on their Website, so I can't tell how much it will cost.

There are some recent photos of the menu on tripadvisor. But some examples, the plat du jour (there are three) is a reasonable €14. But the schnitzel is €24.50.

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Expensive for German food to be sure (the place is a scene) but I would still expect it possible to come out under 45pp — remember tax included, alcohol cheaper than in US and 10% is a generous tip. That said, again, it's a scene -- people don't just go for the food. Maybe better as a lunch stop(?) 

 

eta: just checked Aigner website and they seem to be closed for renovation. Hmph. 

 

Sorry I can't be of much more help. My most memorable meal in Berlin (ever) was at Dos Pallilos, where I escaped my handlers and had a gorgeous meal on my own at the bar. Unfortunately it has since closed. Having said that, I have walked in to random places that looked pleasant from the outside and had good meals. 

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I was trying to think of more traditional Berlin places that aren't so scene-y, (i.e. where to get a good Königsberger Klöpse?) and duh, Zur Letzten Instanz. Also on the U2 line, oldest restaurant in Berlin, well-executed "Hausmannskost". I think this is what you're looking for. :)  

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If you're interested in traditional places - and assuming you're into roast chicken - then you can't beat Henne. Located in Kreuzberg, hard up against what used to be the Wall, it's been one of my go-to places in my visits over the past 30 years. It draws a local crowd, serving terrific roast chicken spiced with their "secret" recipe, accompanied by a great potato salad. Simple and delicious. The ambience is also great - ripped out of time from the post-war years.

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Henne is on my radar for sure.  Unfortunately, my two days at liberty, with breakfast already taken care of, means a limited amount of meals.  The first two days are all business, so where and what I eat is pretty much going to be in someone else's hands.  My goal for my own food is to cram in as much Berlin/German specialties as possible, so Behemoth and cinghiale your last recs are fairly spot on.

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