Max und Moritz
1. Grill RoyalFriedrichstr. 105b, Berlin
2. Restaurant Tim RaueRudi-Dutschke-Str. 26, Berlin
3. Max und MoritzOranienstr. 162, Berlin
4. BorchardtFranzösische Str 47, Berlin
5. Kimchi PrincessSkalitzer Str. 36, Berlin
6. Cocolo (Ramen)Gipsstraße 3, Berlin
7. White Trash Fast FoodSchönhauser Allee 6/7, Berlin
8. Big Stuff Smoked BBQEisenbahnstraße 42/43, Berlin
Locals always claim they can't stand this place, but that doesn't mean they don't flock to it gleefully. The Grill Royal is one of the many restaurants in Boris Radczun's empire and it's consistently packed by both tourists and Berliners, all of whom come to the art décor-esque spot for a great menu of filet mignon, salmon tartare, oysters, tons of steak, and about 750 wines & champagnes. If it's good enough for Clooney and Damon (a Berlin favorite for both), then it's good enough for you.
Tim Raue is pretty much a Berlin foodie legend at this point, and rightly so: after getting out of a tough '70s street gang, Raue has gone on to be the head of restaurant with two Michelin stars. Two! What a guy. Anyway, this place near Checkpoint Charlie is a must if you're looking to impress because it does exactly that with its slightly minimalist interior and pan-Asian menu.
Unless you completely flunked geography/social studies, you should know that being in Berlin means you're also in Germany. As such, there's really no reason not to head to this Kreutzberg spot for a taste of Old German cuisine. Max und Moritz survived both World Wars and has been serving traditional German fare like schnitzel, eisbein (pork knuckle), lamb stew, and Westphalian sausages for ever. On top of that, they've got their own house lager, which should help to wash everything down.
This Berlin hotspot features menu options that change daily and exhibit flavors of both German and French cuisine.
Opened in 2009, Berlin's Kimchi Princess is a Kreuzberg spot that's inspired by street-style Korean food. In a dark, urban environment -- exposed ceilings, neon lights, metal stools -- KP makes things interesting by bringing small propane cookers table side for a DIY element you haven't seen since a disastrous attempt at building an IKEA dresser. Luckily for you, the Germans/Koreans seem to have a better handle on this sort of thing than the Swedes. So go nuts and cook up your own tscheon pal, bibimbap, and more.
Cocolo is a tiny ramen spot set inside the sushi restaurant Kuchi. Cocolo is open for dinner only (6pm-midnight) and has only enough seating for 4 or 5 guests at a time, so there's almost always a line...that you should definitely wait in. Once inside, you'll understand why this place has developed something of a cult following as you gulp down delicious ramen flavors like the spicy TanTan, traditional Miso, or pork-y Tonkotsu.
Given the name, it should be no surprise that this Prenzlauer Berg spot has a penchant for gigantic, artery-clogging burgers. But what is Bruce-Willis-was-dead-the-entire-time level shocking about White Trash Fast Food is that it also acts as -- get this -- a tattoo parlor and a club that features an endless rotation of DJs, parties, and live events.
The folks at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ really are into the smoke, a passion proven by the fact that they tore a hole in the Markethalle Neun hanger ceiling to be able to install their Southern Pride smoker. Good thing they did, because that machine is helping this food stand churn out glistening pulled pork, pork belly, and brisket over the weekends.