Agern

4.5
340 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Nordic
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
* 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.
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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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
1 review
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
47 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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OT
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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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
37 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
19 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
28 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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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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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and great place to discuss business.

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E
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Experiential and unique, layered tastes!

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NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant flooded and could not serve us

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Agern doesn't disappoint, especially with their burger. Definitely best burger in NYC by far! Excellent value and always perfect service!

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. The scalops were just outstanding!

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CL
New York Area
389 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, food, and the staff were wonderful.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Fresh, creative and delicious! A welcomed departure from the typical underwhelming and expected NYC lunch

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l
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in an amazing space. A true respite from the insanity of Grand Central.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food and decor and service here. Lighting was a little overly dim. It’s expensive, but menu always excellent

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T
New York Area
216 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was courteous, but extremely slow., however, the food is worth the wait.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Overrated and not very Scandinavian

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AK
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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