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About Almanak The Restaurant

Almanak The Restaurant is located in the back of historic Vanderbilt Hall.
Almanak The Restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast, a business lunch or dinner with friends. The working food bar offers you a casual dining experience, while set underneath the soaring ceilings of Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. Here the team of chefs prepare the food right in front of you, as you sit around the open kitchen. Almanak The Restaurant offers a rotating menu of elevated small plates, fairly priced and easy to share. For lunch you can also choose selected items from our food hall menu, and in the evening, a selection of delicate bar snacks.
Find us in the back of Great Northern Food Hall, next to The Bar. Great Northern Food Hall is a destination for foodies and busy New Yorkers alike, a place to grab a quick bite on the go or to share a meal and unwind in an informal setting of Scandinavian hospitality.

89 East 42nd
Vanderbilt Hall West
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Scandinavian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Park Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 568-4020

Website:
http://greatnorthernfood.com/food-and-beverage-2/

Public Transit:
4/5/6/7/S to Grand Central

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Almanak The Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.7

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

No host showed up and we more or less had to seat ourselves (despite having a reservation). Food and service were decent but would not recommend the place if you are expecting a usual/ standard restaurant experience. Cafeteria feeling more than anything but again, food and service were decent and would for sure recommend the place, as long as you sort of know what to expect.

Tags: Casual
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food3
ambience2
service2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Copenhagen in Grand Central terminal how cool is that! We we just the a month ago and this meal brought back the experience Thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I like the convenience of the place. I expected more Nordic food, herring, smoked seafood and such. The waiter recommended shrimp with grits and it was a bit far fetched and pricey. A bowl of grits with cheese and a few pieces of shrimp. Nothing wrong with grits and the taste was ok. Another day I took herring salad, and found very little herring in the salad but a lot of hard boiled egg and mayonnaise.

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food2
ambience3
service2
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nobody showed-up for over 10 minutes at the reception desk and we had to get a waitress attention to get seated (not easy). After 20 minutes without a waiter showing up to get our order we just left and nobody seemed to notice or care.

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food1
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service1
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Different. Olive the hostess was wonderful. She was available as much as the server. The food was good, I had never explored Danish food before, but I was quite fond of it. The actual server was just ok.

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food3
ambience3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were really pleased with our Sunday brunch experience. The food (we ordered the smoked salmon and eggs, and the avocado toast) was just delicious -- flavorful and fresh. We were pleasantly surprised at the ample portion sizes, too. It is a food hall, so not a cozy atmosphere, but being in that grand historic space is a treat in itself.

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food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is interesting and well prepared; a pleasant place to have a tasty bite and a drink.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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food4
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Terrific food. Secluded location even though it's just a few yards from the busiest sections of Grand Central Station.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Authentic
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

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

Amazing and beautiful place - just a little hard to find from the map! lol Food is great, had brunch there.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

This is my second time dining here and it was ok. The food is good but the service was just ok. It was very crowded and a bit noisy. The menu was not very big but the cheese and meat plate was fantastic. This is a good spot to meet with friends, drink some wine and eat some cheese for a couple of hours. Very convenient if you travel on Metronorth.

Tags: Bar Seating
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on August 18, 2017

In the really splendid surroundings of the Vanderbilt Hall at Grabd Central Station, the Restaurant is a gem. We had breakfast before taking the train and it was a great way to start the day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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food4
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

I loved this restaurant when it opened. Recently the food has become mediocre, the bread too big, the lettuce cheaper. The whole dining experience has deteriorated to one of many Grand Central spots. I am so sad, because I thought it was so good when it opened. Greed!!!!!

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food3
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service4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Good Nordic food but you have to be into it. Service is iffy.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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food3
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The Great Northern Food Hall is a welcome addition to Grand Central Station. The food is fresh, innovative, and very tasty. It took me back to my travels in Copenhagen. This was not my first visit, but the first time I ate in The Restaurant, which is basically the same food that's available from the food stalls but in one location with a server to bring them to the table. I appreciated that our server was so attentive despite the no-tip policy, and I tipped him in cash accordingly. I would definitely return, and I recommend it for a quick bite or even a business lunch (though it can get noisy at lunchtime).

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual
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food5
ambience3
service5
value3

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