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About Agern

* Agern offers select tables via Open Table, for full availability please visit our website agernrestaurant.com *

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.

89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Vanderbilt Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 568-4018

Website:
http://www.agernrestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
4, 5, 6, 7, or S to Grand Central Station

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Agern Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (17)
Healthy (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Romantic (10)
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Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Organic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Casual (4)
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Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding meal with knowledgeable servers and sommelier. We had the short tasting menu. Such care taken with the food. Wow. The chocolate coffee truffle was perfection.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Nice Location, superb food and excellent service, unfortunately a bit cold at our place in the middle of the restaurant

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was amazing; the service outstanding,

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 (Berlin)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very creative dishes. I could feel some korean, Chinese influence to dishes which is good.
Cons.
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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food here is excellent in its earthy flavors and fresh combinations. Very thoughtfully presented with unique drinks and careful service. The best of upscale casual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazing food and staff! Would recommend to anyone.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Agern has become a favourite - near my office, easy for others to get to, wonderful food and helpful staff.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience! Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Organic, Cozy, Seasonal, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Seasonal, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Lunch prices fixe with excellent choices and outstanding service. Wine list almost 100% US and well chosen. Food was exceptional, beautifully presented, accompanied by excellent service. We will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I had an excellent lunch at Agern. The food was delicious. Each plate was different and tasted great. I liked the two and three course menu and that tip was included.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Agern's food and staff were far beyond my expectations. I loved the fact I was able to use OpenTable to book my evening. I was even more delighted that the staff made every effort to make the evening special.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We did the tasting menu. Food was outstanding and the service was friendly and courteous. Definitely merits its Michelin star

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Exceptional and extraordinary in every way. Inspiring for cooks and gardeners...beautiful and infused with love. Amazing Chef...love the shrubs

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food and service~

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Atmosphere and service were great. Food was fine but very very expensive for the tiny portions.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

So delicious! This place is amazing. If you have time and can afford it, then definitely do a tasting menu. They make even the most boring vegetables taste great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great menu and service, was a pleasure! The tastes of northern cuisine were very well represented here. A must.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent service and delicious, creative food. Worth a second Michelin star.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Really enjoyed our time at Agren. Since then, we have been to Norman's in Williamsburg and the Meyers Bakery. Good food, friendly, efficient service at all.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

One of the best restaurants. Ingredients are superior. Service is great. Atmosphere is perfect.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food, service and location. This is a must try. I will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderfully inventive menu with impeccable service in a beautiful space.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The Land + Sea Tasting Menu was creative and delicious. Service was very friendly and attentive. Looking forward to my next dinner at Agern.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was amazing!! Great atmosphere and energy -- definitely am going back!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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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