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The Restaurant to THE BAR at Great Northern Food Hall

19 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(646) 568-4020
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Park Ave
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Public transit
4/5/6/7/S to Grand Central
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

This restaurant just makes me frustrated as it has so much potential but is prone to so many missteps. The latest is that they refuse to serve certain of the food hall dishes at the seating area at the back. We realize that customers who eat in cost more so would be ok with their adding a reasonable eat-in surcharge but it’s just insulting when everyone can see the food hall options just outside and not really have them as options. Food continues to be good but when will they realize that they are in a service business and need to give the customer what they want?

3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Generally love the food but so frustrating that they try to restrict the menu and not give you some of the food hall items when you are seated. It’s obviously a blatant push to upsell people to the Agern menu which is just not right for this setting. The fact that salads are not available after 5?6?pm is also so strange. This place has so much potential but their struggle with the food-ambience-value-service equation can make for a frustrating dining experience.

4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Nice well made food snd service

3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It was reasonably quiet at noon on Sunday because there were no commuters, although a fair number of presumed tourists or leisure travelers. Almanak is at the end of the former Vanderbilt Hall so isn't as chaotic as the food stalls at Great Northern--pleasanter for a meal. Food was excellent, especially the two items from the smorrebrod offerings from the Great Hall menu. Brunch offering from the Almanak was well prepared, with nice crisp bacon but only one egg. Service was exceptionally slow though courteous. Server did not seem familiar with basic answers to questions about the nature of a particular dish. Value is okay for NYC, but a brunch/lunch for two with "refreshment" beverages--one juice, one interesting juice-based shrub--and no dessert or side dish was over $50. It was very tasty and meet our needs but hard to recommend wholeheartedly based on this specific experience.

5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I am definitely going back! Food was delicious!

3.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined 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

3.0Dined 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.

1.0Dined on November 16, 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.

3.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined 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.

3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

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

4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

3.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined 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.

3.0Dined 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!!!!!

3.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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

5.0Dined 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).