Favorite Eateries in Kreuzberg & Neukölln 2014

by Sara · 06.05.2014 · Food, Kiez Life, Places · 3 comments

Ber­lins rise in pop­ular­ity and the steady growth of an inter­na­tional and very well fed com­munity has nur­tured a new culin­ary cul­ture in the city. New res­taur­ants, bars and concept eat­er­ies have been pop­ping up all over the place and they’re not exclus­ively döner or bur­ger joints for the budget food­ies any­more. Nowhere as much as Kreuzberg and Neuk­ölln has that food­centric devel­op­ment enriched the neigh­bor­hoods. If that’s the adult ver­sion of the play­ful party Kiezes of Ber­lin, then we’re look­ing for­ward to a very tasty future. Or maybe it’s just me who’s grow­ing up, look­ing to soothe my aching back on proper chairs and tables and not eat­ing while walk­ing to the next party in the middle of the night.

Here are my cur­rent five most favor­ite res­taur­ants around Kreuzberg & Neuk­ölln (because nam­ing any res­taur­ant any­where else a favor­ite would be a lie):

Japan­ese Ramen Soup at Cocolo Ramen

Cocolo Ramen

Japan­ese food other than Sushi? Long time no see. Until Cocolo brought its exquis­ite Ramen soup fran­chise from Mitte to Kreuzberg bor­der­ing on Neuk­ölln, there was no such thing as Japan­ese food. A noodle soup brewed usu­ally in pork broth (there are veget­arian options) with vari­ous meat top­pings, Ramen is a com­fort food type of meal that can never be wrong, whether as quick din­ing option or as an elab­or­ate night out on authen­ti­city. With a couple of side dishes to chose from, solid Japan­ese bever­ages and a big patio for the guests right at the canal, the Kreuzberg edi­tion has left a last­ing impres­sion. Cocolo Ramen, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39, 10999 Berlin

Bas­tard Berlin

Bas­tard serves only break­fast and lunch and might be there­fore con­sidered more of a bis­tro than a res­taur­ant, but don’t be fooled by these restric­tions (I call them restric­tions because oh, how I wish they had a din­ner menu). The lunch options on their weekly chan­ging menu are incred­ibly witty and clev­erly com­bined and always con­sist­ing of regional ingredi­ents which are in sea­son. Not to for­get the self-baked bread. The little joint on Reichen­ber­ger Straße is afford­able (with lunch and break­fast ran­ging from 4 to 10 Euro per dish) and elab­or­ate on the details, includ­ing the warm-hearted ser­vice. Expect expect to wait dur­ing rush hour, which is pretty much any time you get there. Bas­tard Ber­lin, Reichen­ber­ger Str. 122, 10999 Berlin

After Rush Hour at Bas­tard Berlin

Devil’s Kit­chen

Devil’s Kit­chen is hid­den some­where in Gräfekiez and can be con­sidered a bar with a lively Israeli food cul­ture more than a res­taur­ant, but it works both ways. It’s noisy and rest­less, but that’s what makes it so spe­cial in a Ger­man city, where people hate to be seated at bars to eat. Instead of serving big dishes, Devil’s Kit­chen serves small Middle East­ern tapas. That’s some of the best Hum­mus you can get in Ber­lin (and pretty much the only shakshuka I’ve ever seen on a menu ), and since their kit­chen is always open after mid­night, Devil’s is the right choice for rather party-goers that have yet to sat­isfy their munchies (of course, all in the com­pany of a proper Fei­e­rabend­bier). Devil’s Kit­chen, Grae­festraße 11, 10967 Berlin

Cafés Jacques

Cafés Jacques have just re-opened their venue on May­bachufer, leav­ing their old and cozier loc­a­tion to become an exclus­ive wine bar. Their new res­taur­ant is lar­ger and can hold a big­ger demand, but unfor­tu­nately a cer­tain magic was left behind. The food makes up for it though. Whether for a quick meal or a proper sit-down, the res­taur­ant offers a French-Mediterranean fusion of pasta, ori­ental tapas, fresh fish and great steaks. It’s the type of res­taur­ant you’d bring your par­ents or a date to if you needed a cool but relaxed option without splur­ging on the occa­sion. Cafés Jacques, May­bachufer 14, 12047 Berlin

Cevicheria

Ceviche is a Peruian spe­ci­al­ity. Fish, cooked not with heat, but with lemon and chili, so intensely deli­cious and hot, it’s guar­an­teed to blow your mind away. There’s a decent vari­ety of veget­arian dishes for all those who’d prefer to stick to the safe side when going out with their friends, but there can’t be enough emphasis on how exclus­ively ori­ginal and per­fectly well made the menu at Cevicheria is. Although the interior design could stand some more love for the details and a dim­mer atmo­sphere, I’ll for­give the place any­thing if they can just keep the fish com­ing. Cevicheria, Dresdener Straße 120, 10999 Kreuzberg

Middle East­ern Tapas at Devil’s Kitchen

Hon­or­able Mentions:

Gel Gör. Sure, every­body loves a Köfte once in a while, but their try their len­til soup and their Cöp Sis to expand your hori­zon of Turk­ish fast food. Kottbusser Damm 80, 10967 Berlin

Prisma Pavil­lion. It doesn’t look like it, but Prisma serves a high qual­ity street style pizza that beats any other in its cat­egory (“very budget”). Kohl­fur­ter Straße, 10999 Berlin

Hon­or­able Men­tion: Goldener Hahn

Mas­ani­ello. So you’re sick of tired and Casol­are being booked out? Try Masi­an­ello. Not that the pizza is bet­ter or any­thing, but their beer garden is beau­ti­ful in the sum­mer and their ser­vice is not as stressed out. Hasen­heide 20, 10967 Berlin

Al-Pascha. Although I’ve found bet­ter Fat­teh in Ber­lin (prob­ably Akroum Snack), the Foul and the Msab­bah stay per­fectly on point. Also: best treat­ment in the city. Gotta count for some­thing. Sonnen­allee 77, 12045 Berlin

Break­fast for Cham­pi­ons: Al-Paschas Lebanese & Syr­ian specialities

Kim­chi Prin­cess. Sat­isfy your Korean needs with a hefty BBQ, but never for­get that you’ll come out stink­ing like smoked ham and rot­ten meat. Skal­itzer Str. 36, 10999 Berlin

Der Goldene Hahn. Cos­mo­pol­itan Italy based in Ber­lin. The music couldn’t be bet­ter, the Carpac­cio is deli­cious and the waiters offer some qual­ity sar­casm to their wine expert­ise. Pück­ler­straße 20, 14195 Berlin

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3 comments
  1. what about burito baby at pflüger­str? its authen­tic us-mexican food, but veg­gie! i love it!
    http://​burrito​baby​.de/

  2. And what about Parker Bowles at Mor­itzplatz? It’s amz­ing what they’re offer­ing day and night…

  3. I am really fond of Lodd Thai Imbiss (Bod­din­str. 65 — near corner of Karl-Marx-Strasse). The decor isn’t much but it’s very tasty and the food feels like home­cooked Thai to me.

    I’d also give a shout out to Vux as the best vegan cake shop in Ber­lin — Ger­many prob­ably — at Wip­per­strasse 14, near S-Bahn Neukölln.