Yafo is one of the most fun dinners you can have in the city. The tables are close together, the music is loud, and the mismatched furniture makes it feel like a living room dinner party. The most important dish on the Israeli menu is the hummus, which is thick and creamy and comes swimming in olive oil or topped with roasted cauliflower or lamb - and served with amazing pita that comes from a local Israeli baker. As it gets late, the staff love to entertain and take shooters with the guests, so you may just end up dancing around the tables before the night’s over.
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At Shiori, you’ll sit next to the 10 other guests during the single 7:30pm seating and eat European/Japanese small plates.
Otto is a wine bar focused on natural wine and sustainable food options - come to this small place in Mitte for a little of both.
Liu is a Sichuan spot in downtown Mitte that’s the best option in the area for lunch - especially after Checkpoint Charlie.
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Rocket + Basil
Rocket and Basil is our favorite Persian lunch spot, and it’s especially great after Checkpoint Charlie - which is a 15 minute drive away.
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There are few special occasion spots that we recommend as often as Prism - the food is great, the wine list is varied, and it’s a comfortable space.
Adana Grillhaus - with multiple locations through the city - is our favorite Turkish grill house, especially since it’s open until 2am daily.
Whenever you need a heavily-fried meal, come to Goldies for topped french fries and fried chicken - with lots of homemade dipping sauces.
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