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Berlin, Berlin show me your buzziest Restaurants…

Nobelhart und Schmutzig

Though he’s too humble to admit it, the local buzz is all about Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Wagner’s ambitious new venture with chef Micha Schäfer, a young culinary talent whose embrace of Nordic cuisine’s distinctive locavorism has guided the new restaurant’s “vocally local” approach.

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Pastrami, Pulled Pork, and BBQ

New German

After the fall of the wall, Berlin—a city always known for its vibrant, innovative culture—has slowly become an epicenter of German cuisine’s reinvention, led by a handful of restaurants that bring surprising invention to traditional German food. One of Wagner’s favorites is Horváth, where Austrian chef Sebastian Frank’s take on regional German cuisine blends rustic clarity with sophisticated wit. Another is La Soupe Populaire. Located in an old brewery, it’s both an art gallery and a funky restaurant run by star Berlin chef Tim Raue. But the French name is deceptive; the menu—originally planned to revolve around temporary art exhibitions in the gallery—now also features modern versions of Berlin classics like mustard eggs, Berlin-style liver, and königsberger klopse (veal meatballs).

WHERE TO GET A GREAT COCKTAIL

Two places top the list for great cocktails in the city. At Croco Bleu, “barchef” Michael Hanke is the resident wizard, running experiments that range from using vintage spirits and liqueurs to make classic cocktails like Martinis, Manhattans and Old Fashioneds to infusing his own tequila, vodka, gin, and sake to create original cocktails—like the Mirabelle Margarita, made with Reposado Tequila infused with Mirabelle plums and aged in wooden barrels. Lost in Grub Street is an even more unusual bar. You won’t find traditional cocktails on its list. Instead, the bartenders offer a huge selection of old-fashioned punches (“big bowls”), along with completely original “short drinks” that you choose based on ingredients and flavors. They infuse their own schnapps and use only spirits and liqueurs made by small producers—no big brands here.

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