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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:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

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

Executive Chef:
Gunnar Gíslason

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Agern Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.4

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4.1

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91% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent ,food, service , attention to every detail to make for a memorable dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Incredibly crafted dishes that delight visually and deliver a wonderful balance playing off flavor and texture. A wine list with undiscovered treasures and very hard to get small production in a friendly range of pricing. A gem of a place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was the greatest disappointment of any restaurant I ever had!
There is nothing good I can say about the food the service or the ambience and would recommend my friends not to go there even if they happen to be at central station

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I didn´t succeed to get a table at Noma in Copenhagen. But this was a splendid alternative! Fantastic Scandinavian food. I will absolutely come back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Tucked away in Grand Central Station, a lovely food experience awaits the diner. Great food, very attentive service, accommodating to allergies.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food is Extremely salty. Service is not Michelin star quality. Very disappointed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely amazing. The tasting list was excellent and the service was superb.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Agern is truly a gem in the city with the best gourmet Nordic cuisine and amazing service. They also have incredible and impressive wine list from local winery to compliment with the international dishes. A star is very well deserved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was excellent as was the service. Ambiance less so, given the high high price, no cloth tablecloth, none of the extravagance I expected again for a two hundred dollar meal fee and one hundred dollar wine fee.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A nice restaurant in a good location. We had the Christmas lunch special which was very good. The portions are rather small, so if you have a big appetite this may not be the place for you.
Find it on the expensive side.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Went there with my two sons loving great food. Fab food. Great tasting menu and good athmosphere.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Essex)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was great. Service was not up to Michelin star standard.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Every single time I come here it blows me away. The cocktails are lovely, the food is incredibly thoughtful, and the price can not be beat. Will keep coming back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food! Always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Agern exceeded my expectations for creative Scandinavian coupled with robustly sized portions. It was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent service; wonderful food. A must visit!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 6, 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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vip
 (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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 (Atlanta)·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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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 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 9, 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
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 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
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 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
 (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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