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Agern, meaning “Acorn” in Danish, is a season-driven restaurant and bar, located at Grand Central Terminal, tucked away between Vanderbilt Hall and the 42nd street southwestern passageway entrance (accessible via the 42nd Street entrance at Vanderbilt Avenue). The menu, from the hands of Icelandic head chef Gunnar Gíslason and his team, features farmed and wild ingredients from the New York State region exposed to time-honored techniques, and flavors rooted in Nordic Cuisine.
New York, NY 10017
Nordic, Scandinavian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
4, 5, 6, 7, or S to Grand Central Station
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
Agern Ratings and Reviews
Very creative dishes. I could feel some korean, Chinese influence to dishes which is good.
It was almost impossible to find out where it is in grand central station with address and google map. Polluted air in station also some concern but could not feel in restaurant.
Agern is a solid restaurant for those in the Grand Central area and who enjoy Nordic cuisine. I came for lunch and enjoyed good portions and delicious flavors. The service was efficient and less invasive which is how I prefer things. The standouts were the warm bread, arctic Char, pork belly, and rice pudding.
i had tried Agern several times for lunch and came away very impressed with the cooking, the service and the fresh and unusual ingredients, so i was eager to take my wife there, and was able to this week. The 2 or 3 course meal that was a relative bargain was not offered, and the tasting menu was just too much, both monetarily and consumption wise, so we went a la carte.
The food was, again, very good bordering on terrific, but at the price point for dinner, it should always be terrific. and for a restaurant that has been awarded a Michelin star, the service was so disappointing as to devalue the entire experience.
the Scandinavian tone to the food should not mean it has to be bland- Aquavit in the Samuelsson era demonstrated that- but most of the food lacked a distinctive flavor. it was still good due to the ingredients and the preparation, just not terrific.
The service was upsetting enough for me to mention it to a manager. The waiter seemed totally uninterested in us. On several occasions i had to make a special effort to gain his attention, and he had to be reminded to give us their fantastic warm bread and butter. when he set the table, he literally dropped the silverware on the table, leaving it all cockeyed. between courses the table was never cleaned up from crumbs, etc.
at a midlevel restaurant i wouldnt object, but at one that charges in the high $30s and $40s for entrees and high teens to twenties for appetizers, with a Michelin star, i certainly do.
the manager told me she was an alumni of the Danny Meyer group of restaurants, so i can't understand how this could happen. hopefully it was an aberration.
This really met my expectations. Living in Denmark I have tried many high-end Nordic restaurants locally and Agern is certainly on par with those! Here you get your tastebuds challenged with inventive dishes made with local produce. Even wine by the glass had more than 3/4 wines from US or even locally in state of NY
A must visit in NY
My dining companions and I all really enjoyed our visit to Agern. Each course of the tasting menu we selected was made from locally sourced ingredients and included unusual but inventive flavors and textures, albeit with a Nordic bent. And most importantly all were delicious. Our waitress and those who assisted her in serving were very knowledgeable about the dishes presented, and if they did not know an answer they quickly checked and reported back. The service was also friendly but punctual and correct. Because they are sourced from North America only, the wine and beer list forced us into trying things that were not on the radar and that was a good thing and represented a much appreciated departure from the norm. I was hoping to expand my palate by dining at Agern and that was exactly what I got. I look forward to dining there again.
Agern's food is delicious and unusual, served in a super cool restaurant tucked inside Grand Central. Worth the search! Waitstaff is good, knowledgeable and not over intrusive, so you get attention without the hovering. Perfect for business lunches and lunch with friends.
Expert service combined with great food proves to have a synergistic effect at Agern. I highly recommend the monkfish and the lobster as well as anything with mushrooms and pork belly! Give the wonderful Sommelier your budget and get a nice wine to enhance your meal.
Our food was wonderfully creative, elegant and delicious using seasonal ingredients. I get the sense that the menu changes very frequently. Not as pricey as I was expecting, especially considering that this is another of those pioneering restaurants where service is included
Wildly overpriced. A throwback to nouvelle cuisine. While each dish was interestingly prepared, and often imaginative, it seemed more designed to impress with cleverness than to satisfy.
Service was proffered with "niceness" but pragmatically inattentive and indifferent.
Outside of having difficulty locating the restaurant, everything was excellent from the moment you step inside the door. Wonderful ambiance (not over crowded), our server and the sommelier were very helpful, and most important, food was amazing. Each course was a surprise and delicious. Have already recommended Agern to several friends. Will definitely be back.
This is an exceptional restaurant. Highly imaginative and wholesome food; interesting and surprising combinations. Also an oasis in an otherwise hectic and much-too-loud Grand Central station. It is expensive, so perhaps not for every day dining, but clearly a worthy hideaway or culinary experience when called for.
Went pre-theater for my husband's birthday. Ordered a la carte because the tasting menu requires 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Dishes were very creative and we sampled some things we might not have otherwise tried. I would say that the "bites" are really small (even by nouvelle cuisine standards) and could be more generous. The sausage with honey was delicious and we enjoyed hearing how it was made. Cheese "bite" was nothing special Lobster and game hen mains were great. The meringue berry and chocolate desserts also good. Sommelier was very helpful and upgraded our wine for same price when did not have what we ordered. Nice dinner but it is pricey for the portion sizes. Nicely gave us the sour dough starter pack for the bread.
We had such a great time! The food was very tastefully executed and presented. We left very satisfied. They even gave us a small loaf of bread and jar of their outstanding butter on the way out. What a nice touch! We'll be back again. P.S., I now have a huge crush on Chef Gilason. What a cutie! He came out and greeted all the diners tableside and I was completely smitten once he made his way to our table. What a great guy!
Superb restaurant, devoted to great flavor precision. You will eat things you have never eaten before You will taste flavors you have never tasted before. Not everything will dazzle you, but some bites surely will, and it's really an intriguing and very fresh and inventive menu unlike anything else you have experienced.
Food was unusual and delicious. Bread was glorious. Setting is austere.Maybe Scandinavians enjoy the wood and no tablecloths but at $175 for a tasting menu, there's
a missing note in the plain look for a special occasion.
We came off the train at Grand Central so location was great for us as it would be for any travelers,since the entrance is IN Grand Central Station.
Service was really really good although tips are included!!' So unfortunate I won't go back bc it's so pricy for what they serve, to pay the same amount I'd much rather go Jean George for great food, it's good for quick drink while waiting for train in nice bar!
We have very surprised the level of creativity that was one of the best you can find in U.S.
Their natural sauces (even it is coming separately, so firstly you can enjoy the pure materials! Which is so good as well) has increased not only the taste but also the fragrance of their well selected materials.
I will not recommend for the People who get used to the cosmetic sauces, or too salty foods, (who also didn't sense which is salty)but Only for the sophisticated person.
Unfortunately the atmosphere and the level of the waitress is too casual (someone will say natural), which will be their target after renewal although, compare to the price level. Positive thing- no investment banker despite of the location. Negative things - good for tourist.
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