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.
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
What Insiders Are Saying
Agern is a fancy, semi-hidden Scandinavian restaurant at Grand Central. It's pricey, but lunch here is definitely worth it.
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?
Food is better than service and ambient. Overall, valie os good. Worths a visit.
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.
Outstanding in every way. A menu that’s truly inventive, fascinating, and delicious. I wanted everything! And the portions are reasonable.
Superb. Great atmosphere, healthy food but incredible flavor. Conversation worthy.
Always spectacular food with gracious and attentive service.
Food portions very small and expensive! Disappointed!
Excellent food and service - we were four for a business lunch which allowed us to order all the appetizers, all the desserts and pick on entree each - a fun format that made the lunch more of a memorable experience. To me, this makes Agern one of the best choices for an upscale, atypical business lunch in the Grand Central area. It is also great for dinner despite being in Grand Central which is not the most obvious locale for a high-quality dinner.
We had a fantastic evening. The tasting menu and wine pairing was very good and the atmosphere wasn´t too formal. We will visit Agern again next time we are in NY!
Wonderful inventive food and very attentive service. The reviews do not disapoint!!
I love Agern - it’s conveniently located in Grand Central and it’s a great and elegant surprise for those who don’t know what to expect. Service is excellent and the food is creative, beautiful and exceptional. Agern is one of my favorite spots to eat and take friends.
Always a wonderful experience with delicious and creative food, knowledgeable, friendly and professional staff and a great wine list!
We went here for lunch and it was so outstanding that we came back for a dinner. |Both times the food was superb, the wait staff attentive and the price not exorbitant considering the high quality.
Friendly service. Fabulous food. Healthful and imaginative. Spectacular. Gluten free bread delicious.
Agern is absolutely lovely and instantly transports you away from Grand Central upon entering. The service was warm and welcoming. Every person was served by a team at the exact same time. There were many new Scandinavian flavors to experience. One thing our entire party did not like was the very bitter lettuce wraps for the pork dish.
Agern is a gem. They make you feel as if everything is designed for you. (Our waitress inquired if we were feeling cool - and then brought us stoles to warm ourselves.) The same applies to the superb food, where individual needs or preferences are readily accommodated. All of this is accomplished informally, without pretense. We felt like special guests, as everyone else is treated, I'm sure.
A total disappointment after all the hype that an ex-Noma cooks here. You have got to be kidding. What save the evening was the bread and butter and my Rye cocktail.
This was the best meal we had in one week in NYC. We shared the beets and then a rib eye steak that was so flavorful and tender, best we have ever had at a restaurant. Great service. It was quiet and dimly let, so perfect for a date night. It's a little hard to find - need to go to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central - easiest to find from outside.
Overall disappointing. Portion size too small for price.
Service was basic—not helpful, no suggestions.
This was my second visit. The first was much better.
Prix fix menu is very limited but delicious and good value. Need to have a better way to promote restaurant since it was sparsely attended for a late lunch. On other hand, we appreciated a r also able sound level which promoted conversation....rare these days!
Beautiful and comfortable surroundings.Great service.Delicious food and wonderful bread. Portions were very small. Either warn diners that an appetizer and an entree per person will not be enough or raise prices and provide larger,portions.
The food is amazing. We were offered two menus as we mixed from the bar and restaurant food according t our cravings
The food and sevice were very impressive. Hidden gem inside grand central station , has some of the most interesting food in the city. Unexpected flavors and textures and beautiful presentations paired with stellar wine list and and wonderful service lead to an unforgettable meal
Very small portions, spent $500 and went away hungry
Food was good. Service was excellent. I live 5 blocks away and I get to/from work through Grand Central. Still took me 20 min to find entrance. My friend (who also lives in nyc) couldnt find Agern either and she got off subway INSIDE Grand Central. Even GPS couldn't help. Tried calling but reservation was 5:30 and since they don't open till 5:30, nobody was answering. About to give up and go to Michael Jordans Steakhouse but decided to ask 1 more staff person at G.C. where Agern entrance was (even G.C. info desk couldn't help). Hostess at Cipriani was nice enough to help us. With so many options in Manhattan and with such a frustrating experience to find entrance, I wouldn't return (but now I can tell others where both entrances are).
Great food and presentation.
Service was good but not great.
We had to ask the waiter to come by twice to ask for things.
I took a co-worker out to lunch for her birthday. The prix fixe options were very good and there were interesting wine by the glass options. Our only complaint was that the air-conditioning was too cold. When my friend asked if they could turn it down, they brought her a pashmina, but did not turn down the air conditioning. Obviously we were not the first to have made that request so it would seem that they need to re-assess their temperature controls. The cherry desert was delicious and enough for two to share. All in all it was a very good meal with pleasant service.
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.
Agern was all and more what I expected. I will definitely recommend it and visit again
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.
Service with a smile. Our waitress was very attentive and had a great sense of humor.
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.....
Very fancy place I loved the lamb shanks with the Icelandic rubarb skyr
Amazing food and Service.
Very good and fine dining. Hoped for a little more Scandinavian experience.
Nathan was a delight!
Overpriced and underwhelming.
Amazing ! Delicious! And different but not weird. My husband and I love this place
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.