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Agern

4.5
4.5
406 Reviews
$31 to $50
Nordic

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.

On Saturday's Agern offer Tasting Menu only.
Agern Full Tasting Menu $155
Features a round of 8 servings
Agern Abbreviated Tasting Menu $105
Features a round of 5 servings
Tastings menus requires full participation of the table

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. d

    david

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Reviewed on July 12, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience

    Walked in-place empty but early. Staff nice-- professional. Atmosphere also fine. Portions miniscule. Eat a lot of bread!! You will spend over 30 dollars for a piece of monkfish that is smaller than an appetizer portion in most restaurants. Needed to get something to eat after dinner. Perhaps chef will double the size of his portions to approximate what most restaurants would serve

  2. KJ

    KateJ

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nice complementary sparkling water. Unique menu not for everyone. They served us the wrong entree but did not offer to take it off the bill.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great - good food - lovely presentation

  4. E

    Excathedra

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    The restaurant is a shadow of itself since the opening. Food is not as good and inventive. I had a duck special for 44 $ and got 2 small slices of duck breast (!) wine list is good and interesting. Service was great. Restaurant was empty on a Friday 6.30 pm

  5. AC

    AlexanderC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Agern has a lovely dining room -- beautiful and surprisingly quiet, given that it is located literally steps from one of the busiest corridors in Grand Central Station. The bread, the appetizers, and the desserts were great, if a little elborate. (The waitstaff has to explain what everything is, both before and after it arrives at the table.) The entrees were a slight disappointment; good, but trying too hard to be imaginative and innovative. The restaurant is incredibly convenient for those who commute via Metro North and perfect for a mid-week celebration. Frankly, if it were a tad cheaper, we would go there more often.

  6. MN

    MariaN

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Interesting flavors

  7. HB

    Happy2BHappy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A unique place. Excellent and unusual food, perfect service, quiet. The only negative is the price of wine by the glass, which is much too high. But there is good beer at normal prices.

  8. JS

    JayS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    Portions were too small.

  9. CS

    CatS

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Our small office went to Agern for a staff birthday. All of the food was delicious. For first course, the treviso was great, as was the black bass and the beets. For the main, the arctic char, pork shoulder, and roasted chicken were all hits. We only got 2 desserts - chocolate and blood orange - but love them both. The plates are small, so a 3-course meal is not filling at all. But the flavors are so complex, it's a very satisfying meal. Also, try the non-alcoholic cocktails! The spring tonic, made with ginger beer, was my fave. Others enjoyed the shrubs.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall2food5service3ambience1

    The food was delicious but not enough of it. I am a thin woman, but I left hungry. No one wants to load up on bread, no matter how delicious it is, to feel satiated. There were too many staff members asking us the same questions — drinks, water, ready to order. They were lovely but annoying. The decor is like eating in a cafeteria. Tablecloths and candles and the lights turned down a bit would help. The prices reflect fine dining, and the ambiance should reflect that. Also, 80s punk music at a too-high decibel is not ok. The staff/kitchen might have been grooving on that, but we were not. I won’t go back.

  11. CS

    ChrisS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Booking system and social media presence is broken, so the place doesn’t get traffic. Deserves better.

  12. c

    claude

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had been looking forward to dining at Agern for some time. It did not disappoint! Everything met or exceeded expectations. The tasting menus were very well executed, tasty and beautifully presented. Service was attentive and friendly making us feel very welcome. A true Scandinavian experience!

  13. ST

    STld

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    It didn’t feel as cozy as we had expected. The music was terrible, which cheapened the overall ambiance.

  14. BP

    BrentP

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our 6th time at Agern. Service always outstanding, food outstanding, great wine & other options for drink. This was the first time they didn't send us home with treats - bread & sweets so maybe a change in policy. We will continue to go back!

  15. SH

    StevenH

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    menu was very strange to me and was challenging to order

  16. RF

    RisaFoody

    Orlando

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Consistently wonderful. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Each dish is delicious and surprising and delightful. This time I tried the chicken, and it was perfect. It’s right that straightforward chicken is the best test of a kitchen, and Agern passes superbly!

  17. IL

    IngridL

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious lunch. Beef tartare, bass, pork shoulder, Arctic char all delicious! My husband remarked how he wished he could get his sourdough like theirs and they gave him some sour dough starter

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at Agern was a wonderful experience from the moment we checked in to the moment we walked out. The service was warm, attentive (without being overbearing), and knowledgeable, and the food was outstanding. Each dish was a delectable work of art. We were celebrating a double birthday and were surprised with takeaway goodies. The ambiance is somehow both lively and soothing at the same time. It is a lovely retreat amid the bustle of Grand Central Station and a worthwhile treat!

  19. D

    Downtown

    New England

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Space is simply too noisy and crowded for the price and quality of the food. Food is delicious and thoughtfully conceived. Wine pairings were excellent but costly.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Poorly executed menu. Trying to be far fancier than apparently able to deliver. Portions were laughably small, e.g. two leaves if kale and one tablespoon of spinach next to a piece of fish the size of a child’s wooden block....and about as flavorful. If you get a chance to eat here, pass it up!

  21. L

    Lennie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Agern is always changing, never disappointing, a bit unusual, creative and elegant! I would recommend everything!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Already knew place had great reputation. Very understated, the tables and chair almost look cafeteria casual until you look carefully at the hand crafted tables and Danish Modern chairs. Service and presentation, and quality of every single morsel served, were exceptional, perfection clearly the goal. While prices were exceptionally high as a result, perfection costs money. Agern is to dining as Georg Jensen is to silver and crystal.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A well hidden gem worth finding!

  24. RS

    RickS

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Interesting food and great service. Been there several times and have really enjoyed the experience each time. Will be back.

  25. K

    Kellyeatsout

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I dined on the tasting menu pre-theatre. The scallops, fish and lobster were cooked perfectly but somewhat forgettable. My favorite was the duck ( a substitution for venison) as it was tender, flavorful and simply fantastic. My husband kept the venison and he finished it all despite seldomly eating meat.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Unworthy of its one star at all

  27. TR

    TrondR

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    The service was terrible. We ordered a bottle of wine and it took the restaurant 30 minutes to tell us that they were out of that wine. They were slow in taking orders and not very attentive. For the price you are paying at this restaurant, you would expect excellent service. The restaurant was not even crowded.

  28. h

    hollyl

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Food portions were small and unimpressive.

  29. M

    Mexico22

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Food was outstanding, amazing flavors and beautiful plating. Service was fair. Different from other restaurants of this price range and level, where you see service very sharp and quick to minor things you may need, this time it took them some time to bring us menu’s, we probably waited around 10 -15 min for the server to stop by again to take our order and we had to flag the person down to ask for things.

  30. l

    lovely

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We really enjoyed our meal. I wish there were more options on the a la carte menu. The tasting menus looked good but it's just too much.

  31. D

    Discerningdiner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Agern continues to be a welcome haven in the hustle and bustle of GCT, and NY needs high quality restaurant options in this area. For my second visit, with an invited out of town guest, I found the food delicious, again, but not served hot, and the wines extraordinary (but priced so). The service was extremely attentive, also often missing in NYC eateries, but a bit too much of a production made over choices: too precious. New Yorkers just want to be delivered great food without fanfare by nice and informed staff in pleasant surroundings. The Nordic theme is followed with authenticity (but not over the top) and is also welcomed as a cuisine not offered all that often. Restaurant design is attractive and appealing: Scandinavian modern with lots of blond wood; pleasant, clean and welcoming, including the bathrooms (also critical to foodies). I consider Agern a go-to in midtown and recommend it to others highly despite a few (hopefully isolated) issues.

  32. LR

    LiveforRestos

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Staff is a little too pushy and intrusive. I understand that the Lunch is a good deal. As a recent traveler to the Scandinavian countries, I feel this spot is no big deal. It doesn't even approach what you'll find in Denmark or Iceland or Stockholm or Oslo.

  33. PA

    PhilA

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Outrageously expensive for a very ordinary lunch. Would not recommend

  34. c

    cuponoodles

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food and ambience, with great service. Prices are a little high, given the small to moderate portion sizes.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    153 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great place near the grand central.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A splurge but worth it!

  37. j

    jpgirl

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    Food was amazing and the service was good, but it took forever for the food to come out. We got the tasting menu and took almost 2 hours until the main course. Maybe go at a earlier time when it’s slower?

  38. f

    fernand7

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food is better than service and ambient. Overall, valie os good. Worths a visit.

  39. CB

    ChrisB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Historic location provides an intimate ambiance. Portions are consistent with more typical European portions - a good things. Tasteful and well presented. The pork shoulder was delectable but probably wouldn’t get the lobster again - just not my style. If we hadn’t been full, would have tried one of the desserts.

  40. RF

    RisaFoody

    Orlando

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding in every way. A menu that’s truly inventive, fascinating, and delicious. I wanted everything! And the portions are reasonable.

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