Joseph Roth Diele is cozy restaurant that takes you back in time.  The interior is reminiscent of an old wooden paneled library and filled with the books of Herr Diele.  Among the books, the walls are alos lined with quotes from the author as well as photographs.  The restaurant is named for the late 19th century Jewish author who wrote his book Radetzkymarsch in this neighborhood.

The restaurant serves the locals almost exclusively and it’s popular with literary types and journalists who work in the area.  You’ll need to be prepared to speak a little bit of German in order to read the menu and order your food.  There’s outdoor seating where you can enjoy drinks or a meal and watch the world go by on Potsdamer Strasse.  If you’re visiting the Neue National Gallery, it’s just a short walk to the restaurant and well worth the trek.  Weekly events at Joseph Roth Diele include book readings, jazz recitals and DJ sets courtesy of an antique gramophone.  The menu consists of traditional German and Austrian fare like Wiener schnitzel and spätzle.  Also worth sampling is the Stullen, an open sandwich served on German rye bread .

Die Liebe nämlich, meine Freunde,
macht uns nicht blind, wie das unsinnige
Sprichwort sagt, sondern im Gegenteil,
sehend.  – JRD

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