Eat, Drink, Dance
The plethora of places to eat, drink and lounge in Berlin is constantly growing. Here are three of the best new places in town.
Despite its diminutive proportions, Bar 3 has been the favored meeting place of Mitte’s media types for the past few years, and with the recent opening of Restaurant 3 next door, they now have somewhere close to go for sustenance before drinking. The bar-restaurant duo are tucked away on a small street behind the sturdy Volksbühne theatre, but come Thursday evenings, Bar 3 is heaving with well-heeled young Berliners, sizing each other up through thick-rimmed spectacles. The restaurant is relaxed and homey, with a daily menu of fresh homemade soups, quiches and salads, priced from around $6.
Kreuzberg is still one of Berlin’s best-loved areas for the young and bohemian, and while summer hot spots along the Spree have gone into hibernation, there are several new establishments offering locals a welcome escape from the winter chill. The proprietors of the coffee shop Early Bird Café on Stralauerstrasse made tracks around the corner and opened Nest, across the road from Görlitzer Park. The fledgling hot spot meets the requirements of the now popular Berlin hybrid of relaxed cafe and exhibition space. The bright, green-tiled cafe at the front is perfect for drinking coffee and whiling away an afternoon, and the wooden dining room in the back is the place to enjoy a delicious but uncomplicated menu of meat dishes, hearty German broths and seasonal salads. Prices start around $5. Just up a spiral staircase are temporary exhibitions.
With its austere interior, new Kreuzberg restaurant TinTin may have no obvious relation to the Belgian cartoon character, but it is a welcome addition to the row of canal-side eateries on Paul-Linke Ufer. The decor is slick and minimalist, with hefty gray stone tables and bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling. But what else would one expect from Thomas Karsten, the man responsible for the interior of Berlin’s most hedonistic industrialist nightclub, Berghain? The food is European; pastas, Mediterranean platters and top-notch steak, at prices starting around $10. TinTin is spacious, artfully designed and painstakingly cool. They also serve fine German wine, which ironically, is often hard to find in the German capital. There is plenty of room for dancing around the bar to techno after dinner while sipping a delectable TinTin house cocktail, made with vodka, ginger and Champagne (around $9).
— Jessica Saltz
42 Görlitzerstrasse, 10997
39-40 Paul-Linke Ufer, 10999
Bar 3, Restaurant 3
20 Weydingerstrasse, 10178