Agern

4.5
358 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Nordic
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Nordic, Scandinavian, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(646) 568-4018
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gunnar Gíslason
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vanderbilt Avenue
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Public transit
4, 5, 6, 7, or S to Grand Central Station
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Agern is a fancy, semi-hidden Scandinavian restaurant at Grand Central. It's pricey, but lunch here is definitely worth it.

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PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful inventive food and very attentive service. The reviews do not disapoint!!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Agern - it’s conveniently located in Grand Central and it’s a great and elegant surprise for those who don’t know what to expect. Service is excellent and the food is creative, beautiful and exceptional. Agern is one of my favorite spots to eat and take friends.

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MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience with delicious and creative food, knowledgeable, friendly and professional staff and a great wine list!

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V
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for lunch and it was so outstanding that we came back for a dinner. |Both times the food was superb, the wait staff attentive and the price not exorbitant considering the high quality.

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O
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Fabulous food. Healthful and imaginative. Spectacular. Gluten free bread delicious.

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JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Agern is absolutely lovely and instantly transports you away from Grand Central upon entering. The service was warm and welcoming. Every person was served by a team at the exact same time. There were many new Scandinavian flavors to experience. One thing our entire party did not like was the very bitter lettuce wraps for the pork dish.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Agern is a gem. They make you feel as if everything is designed for you. (Our waitress inquired if we were feeling cool - and then brought us stoles to warm ourselves.) The same applies to the superb food, where individual needs or preferences are readily accommodated. All of this is accomplished informally, without pretense. We felt like special guests, as everyone else is treated, I'm sure.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

A total disappointment after all the hype that an ex-Noma cooks here. You have got to be kidding. What save the evening was the bread and butter and my Rye cocktail.

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F
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we had in one week in NYC. We shared the beets and then a rib eye steak that was so flavorful and tender, best we have ever had at a restaurant. Great service. It was quiet and dimly let, so perfect for a date night. It's a little hard to find - need to go to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central - easiest to find from outside.

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NE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall disappointing. Portion size too small for price.
Service was basic—not helpful, no suggestions.
This was my second visit. The first was much better.

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r
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Prix fix menu is very limited but delicious and good value. Need to have a better way to promote restaurant since it was sparsely attended for a late lunch. On other hand, we appreciated a r also able sound level which promoted conversation....rare these days!

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and comfortable surroundings.Great service.Delicious food and wonderful bread. Portions were very small. Either warn diners that an appetizer and an entree per person will not be enough or raise prices and provide larger,portions.

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AO
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. We were offered two menus as we mixed from the bar and restaurant food according t our cravings

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and sevice were very impressive. Hidden gem inside grand central station , has some of the most interesting food in the city. Unexpected flavors and textures and beautiful presentations paired with stellar wine list and and wonderful service lead to an unforgettable meal

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SF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very small portions, spent $500 and went away hungry

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W
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Service was excellent. I live 5 blocks away and I get to/from work through Grand Central. Still took me 20 min to find entrance. My friend (who also lives in nyc) couldnt find Agern either and she got off subway INSIDE Grand Central. Even GPS couldn't help. Tried calling but reservation was 5:30 and since they don't open till 5:30, nobody was answering. About to give up and go to Michael Jordans Steakhouse but decided to ask 1 more staff person at G.C. where Agern entrance was (even G.C. info desk couldn't help). Hostess at Cipriani was nice enough to help us. With so many options in Manhattan and with such a frustrating experience to find entrance, I wouldn't return (but now I can tell others where both entrances are).

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and presentation.
Service was good but not great.
We had to ask the waiter to come by twice to ask for things.

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SN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took a co-worker out to lunch for her birthday. The prix fixe options were very good and there were interesting wine by the glass options. Our only complaint was that the air-conditioning was too cold. When my friend asked if they could turn it down, they brought her a pashmina, but did not turn down the air conditioning. Obviously we were not the first to have made that request so it would seem that they need to re-assess their temperature controls. The cherry desert was delicious and enough for two to share. All in all it was a very good meal with pleasant service.

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H
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and good. The staff were friendly. Celebrated husband’s birthday and they did special table for us, dessert and take home choco bar.

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CD
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Agern was all and more what I expected. I will definitely recommend it and visit again

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W
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AGERN serves fresh, delicious Scandinavian-inspired dishes in the heart of Grand Central Station. The European styling and sensibility creates a great ambience for a special occasion meal. Service was quiet, friendly, and professional. Every detail was looked after to make us feel welcome and well-served. Would definitely return anytime we're in the area.

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service with a smile. Our waitress was very attentive and had a great sense of humor.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't typically rate restaurants, but I went to Agern tonight for dinner and it blew my mind. Fantastic food. Well-prepared, beautifully presented, delicious food in an exquisitely designed environment. Service was excellent too. I work in the Grand Central area and this is my new favorite by far.....

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fancy place I loved the lamb shanks with the Icelandic rubarb skyr

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and Service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good and fine dining. Hoped for a little more Scandinavian experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nathan was a delight!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced and underwhelming.

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M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! Delicious! And different but not weird. My husband and I love this place

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h
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Inventive menu with seasonal ingredients. The burger is particularly excellent, as is the carrot and mussel soup. Portions are not huge, but the food is very satisfying.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ingredients carefully prepared creative concepts cooked to perfection

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great marriage of seasonal ingredients and creativity.
Wonderful table bread accompanied by a delicious spread. Excellent service. Attentive staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Very disappointing. We all left hungry

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TB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Since we had reservation, we were seated promptly upon arrival. However, we waited for 30 minutes before the sommelier came to open our bottle of wine (after we told the waiter a couple of times that we were waiting). The dishes are very small portion for the price they charge, although they are very tasty. Overall, it is not as good as expected.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Can't say i really enjoyed the meal there.
Table for 2 costed around $330 w/tips but we expected better food overall. (Tasting Menu)

First few dishes were decent but nothing fantastic.
What really killed the course would be the last 2 with chocolate mousse which was extremely sour and bitter, could not bring myself to finish it.

Would be better to end the course with something simple and clean tasting, but they chose to end the course with something heavy like beef fat caramel chews...

Overall pretty disappointed. Perhaps this would be a good place for you if you are adventurous and like extreme type of foods and flavours but it was not a great experience especially since we were paying close to $165 per head.

We left wondering how this place actually won a star ~

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, was celebrating my sister’s birthday. Their service is always amazing from the second you walk in to the moment you walk out. I had let them know beforehand that it was a birthday dinner, so they put a sweet “happy birthday” note on the table for my sister! The food is always interesting and the flavors are not ones you normally find in a city dining experience. The staff are always friendly and helpful, and you can tell they’re very attentive but not smothering haha. This will always be a restaurant on my special occasions list, and I’m glad to say I had a great second time here.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Agern is an amazing restaurant. I have eaten at one other Michelin starred restaurant and left a bit disappointed. Agern was the opposite. From the moment we walked in, I was impressed. Service was quick, kind, and clean- though seemed a bit “hovery” at times. The food was amazing, beautifully plated, and filling despite the entrees not being terribly large. Flavors and textures were matched very well. The smoked salmon was accented perfectly by the crisp daikon and the tangy buttermilk. The roasted chicken also worked very well with what amounted to two types of chicken in the dish. The Meyer lemon tart to finish was very nice, refreshing yet rich. The drinks were expensive though very well done. I will be returning to Agern in the future and I can see why it has received a coveted Michelin Star!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and fresh food in an aesthetically pleasing surrounding.

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PM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

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