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* 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.
New York, NY 10017
Nordic, Scandinavian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
4, 5, 6, 7, or S to Grand Central Station
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Agern Ratings and Reviews
Food and service were good, and the menu was interesting (particularly the tasting menus). The a la carte menu was surprisingly limited and I was never able to shake the feeling of being in a train station. It's a good restaurant - it just didn't feel particularly special given the prices.
After dining at Franzen and Gondolen in Stockholm, and ACME in NYC, I was psyched to try Agern-but I came away disappointed. Maybe I picked the wrong 2 courses-Artic Char - perfect medallion, I sort of got the "dirt", but the buttermilk yogurt-like pool lacked flavor. The veg entree Butternut Squash medallions should have been 3 not 2 for $38, adding honey to an already sweet squash made this dish wander too far from savoury. The Quince etc rice pudding was a mistake on a plate for $18 - one note-SWEET, overwhelmed everything including the koji. The tasting menu may be a better representation of the chef's creativity.
Unusual and delicious choices - always a hit with my guests. I completely rely on Agern to serve the best Northern European menu and everybody who comes here is blown away. The cuisine is unique, always beautifully presented, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I thoroughly recommend it for business and for meeting friends. Brilliant location - makes Grand Central that bit more special
Some tables were too close and the chair at the end where we were seated was sticking out too much. I would have asked for a different table for 2 - but did not - because I could see all were taken.
However, the food makes up for it.
The staff was very professional and knowledgeable about the food and the presentation was outstanding.
As a Dane, I was so proud to see Klaus Meyer's masterpiece and will return next time in NYCity.
The tasting menu was full of surprises, and overall quite delicious. I'm not sure I would put it in the same league as Osteria Francescana or Mugaritz or 11 Madison, but it's very good. Whether it's worth the large cost depends on your income. Very expensive, but one can see where the money goes, in the beautiful ingredients and the labor-intensive presentation.
Agern was top notch in every aspect. My wife got the Lobster and I had the Hen. Forgive me if I don't remember all the details of every dish, but needless to say, both dishes were unique with both ingredients and presentation. I am really trying to think of something that they need to improve, but I can't. highly recommended!
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.
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