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A hundred years ago, Zur Nolle was a busy working-class beer hall beneath the Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station. The place closed in 1968 but reopened in 1993 as a sign of post-reunification nostalgia for a bit of Old Berlin. It looks snazzier now than it did during its working-class days, but still evokes a kind of 1920s ambience and it’s a great, unpretentious spot to enjoy a filling and inexpensive meal. The menu is loaded with traditional Berlin favorites served in hearty portions. Try the jacket potatoes with herring, yogurt, apple, or onion fillings. Vegetarian offerings include vegetable lasagna and roasted broccoli with cheese served on pasta. If you want a taste of Old Berlin, try the homemade Buletten (meatballs), which come with a variety of sauces, spices, and additions (fried egg, bacon, onions, or mushrooms), or the roast bratwurst. Wash everything down with a cold, foamy Bier von Fass (beer from the tap).