We'll be in Berlin for a week and celebrating a birthday while there.
In trying to decide where to eat, I've done my homework on this board and with guidebooks and so want to ask for your comments on:
1. A list of best restaurants that I've put together from this board;
2. Where to celebrate a birthday dinner in Berlin;
3. Restaurants you'd recommend in or near Charlottenburg, where we will be staying; and
4. German wine suggestions.
For background . . .
We're looking for a mix of cuisines and price points. Rather upscale, romantic ambience (no screaming kids), lively but not loud (no screaming adults!), and good service are all important at dinner. And good food, of course, at lunch and dinner.
One of us eats light -- fish, poultry, vegetables, not big on creamy or heavy sauces. The other likes big hunks of meat and potatoes slathered in as much cream and heavy sauce as possible (OK, I'm exagerating, but only a little!) So, we need either restaurants that offer both types of food, or a variety of restaurants where one of us will be in heaven one night with the other able to get by, and then vice versa. Getting light food by ordering appetizers for the main course works for me, too.
OK, so here goes . . .
1. Restaurants highly recommended on this board (in no particular order)
Lutter & Wegner
Tim Raue's Ma
Sale e Tabacchi
Pata Negra -- is it closed??
KaDeWe food hall
If you have any thoughts about what you'd take OFF this list, send 'em on!
2. Birthday dinner -- I'll be celebrating my birthday while in Berlin, and don't know if I want to blow it out at a place like Ma or Margaux. I might prefer someplace more fun and less formal. Being from NYC, I've done the big name, high price places there and somehow usually come away feeling like "was it really worth it?"
So, can you recommend a lively (but not loud), fun restaurant that might be memorable -- in a good way :-) -- for a birthday dinner? I'm the light, fish and poultry and vegetable eater of the two.
3. Here are some places in or near Charlottenburg that sound good in guidebooks. Would like to know if you'd recommend them or not.
Alt Luxemburg (saw the menu on this board, but not in English)
Any other ecommendations for dinners in Charlottenburg would be welcome.
4. We're both wine drinkers, rather than beer drinkers. Any suggestions of German wines/vineyards that we should look for? Red, white, or sparking are all OK with dry preferred.
Sorry this post is so long, but I wanted to provide as much info as possible to make it easy for you to reply.