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.
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
What Insiders Are Saying
Agern is a fancy, semi-hidden Scandinavian restaurant at Grand Central. It's pricey, but lunch here is definitely worth it.
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.
Agern was all and more what I expected. I will definitely recommend it and visit again
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.
Service with a smile. Our waitress was very attentive and had a great sense of humor.
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.....
Very fancy place I loved the lamb shanks with the Icelandic rubarb skyr
Amazing food and Service.
Very good and fine dining. Hoped for a little more Scandinavian experience.
Nathan was a delight!
Overpriced and underwhelming.
Amazing ! Delicious! And different but not weird. My husband and I love this place
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.
Great ingredients carefully prepared creative concepts cooked to perfection
A great marriage of seasonal ingredients and creativity.
Wonderful table bread accompanied by a delicious spread. Excellent service. Attentive staff.
Very disappointing. We all left hungry
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.
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 ~
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.
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!
Excellent and fresh food in an aesthetically pleasing surrounding.
Food and service were excellent!
Outstanding food and great place to discuss business.
There were three of us for a birthday celebration. Two had the regular tasting menu with parings and one the vegetarian tasting with a non-alcohol paring. The food and service are very good. I thought the wine paring were good but could have been better. This is a very good restaurant and the service was outstanding. We will be back to try the a la carte menu.
Great food. Experiential and unique, layered tastes!
Tiny portions at high prices. With appetizer and main course, the 3 of us left the restaurant still hungry. Food was very good but teaser sized portion. Poor lighting.
Restaurant flooded and could not serve us
As always, Agern doesn't disappoint, especially with their burger. Definitely best burger in NYC by far! Excellent value and always perfect service!
Fantastic food. The scalops were just outstanding!
The food was exquisite. But every time we have dined here previously, service was included. We found out only when we got the check with suggested tip amounts that the policy has changed. The prices seemed as high as ever. So our dinner cost 20% more than we expected. We were shocked at how casually the restaurant treated this, not telling us in advance and not expressing any apology for the unpleasant surprise.
Atmosphere, food, and the staff were wonderful.
Fabulous as always! Fresh, creative and delicious! A welcomed departure from the typical underwhelming and expected NYC lunch
My husband and I had the tasting menu which was excellent and resulted in a nice tour of the food offerings. Each dish was very interesting and quite different from the usual New York expensive restaurant. The location is odd given the quality of the food and the cost of the meal. We had a difficult time finding the restaurant within Grand Central Station. The décor is plain and does not do justice to the food.
Fantastic meal in an amazing space. A true respite from the insanity of Grand Central.
Love the food and decor and service here. Lighting was a little overly dim. It’s expensive, but menu always excellent
Service was courteous, but extremely slow., however, the food is worth the wait.
Overrated and not very Scandinavian
Fantastic experience! Everything was just perfect. The service attentive and friendly, the food superb, the ambiance wonderful for NYC standards, esp. midtown. I could not have been more pleased, and I cannot wait to return.
Still a great place with highly inventive (and importantly tasty) creations. I miss the old tasting menus, they made the place really shine above most other restaurants in NYC. Still an excellent place and a destination if you are a visitor or a local. Bravo!
The food was spectacular. Starting with the bread, I had to have far more than my stomach could handle, it was too good. My entrée, vegetarian, a cauliflower dish, was mouth watering, as was the desert.