This Prenzlauer Berg eatery offers a distinctly Berlinische fine-dining experience—the German capital is a city that prefers to keep its noshing relaxed, casual and, since we’re talking about heavy white platters groaning under the weight of artfully executed and plated steaks, sizzling.
Filetstück is crisp and sumptuous with a bright, airy interior distinguished by exquisite chandeliers, tastefully patterned teal and cream tiled floors, and a gorgeously crafted traditional bar behind which back-lit bottles of top-shelf spirits gleam. Seating is both indoors and out, and on a fine spring or summer evening there’s nothing cozier than sitting al fresco and watching passersby on the tree-lined sidewalks of Schönhauser Allee.
This is to say nothing of the fare. Filetstück is purely turf & turf, meaning the rump and shank of bovines—as well as a few other select barnyard animals—are the dishes de rigeur on their menu. With various filets of the day for carnivorous purists of a discerning stripe, as well as a substantial stock of alcohols including aperitifs, international wines and digestifs, Filetstück is a watershed steak house of the highest order. And if your dining companion isn’t of the meat-eating persuasion, an array of vegetable-based savories and salads are available, all of which are a demonstration of the kitchen’s mastery.