Agern, Amada, Grand Banks, and Desi Galli

April 27, 2016 4:16 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm


Agern is the first U.S. venture for Danish culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer. “Agern,” which means acorn in Danish is a seasonal-driven restaurant and bar with Nordic flavors and ingredients from New York state. Executive chef Gunnar Gislason, from the award-winning restaurant Dill in Reykjavik, Iceland, draws inspiration from culinary projects in Iceland and Denmark.

The restaurant is located at Grand Central Terminal and is accessible from the southwest entrance on 42nd Street. It will adjoin Meyer’s other project, the Great Northern Food Hall, a 5,000-square-foot food hall to open this spring.

Agern will offer two tasting menus, one of which being vegetables-only. A la carte dishes will also be available. Pricing includes service.

Open daily for dinner. Breakfast and lunch to follow.

Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.


Chef and restaurateur Jose Garces has opened Amada, an Andalusian tapas bar at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.

Named after this grandmother, who instilled in him a love of cooking, Amada is his first restaurant in New York. The original Amada is in Philadephia. The menu features dishes from the Philadelphia menu including Empanada with Spanish manchego and artichoke escabeche; and Tortilla Española, Spanish tortilla served with a saffron aioli.

The dessert menu is by pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, including modern takes on Spanish desserts such as churros, milhojas, and tocinillo de cielo.

New dishes exclusive to the New York location include Calamares Con Apio, grilled squid and celery salad with morcilla and potato; Sopa De Espárragos, white asparagus soup with mushroom, duck butifarra and pistachio; and Picado, lamb tartare with romesco verde and Idiazábal. Lobster Paella and and Paella Valenciana are large-format specialities. The wine list, curated by Nacho Monclus (formerly of Socarrat and Lupulo) focuses exclusively on wines from Spain.

Next to the restaurant, the 20-seat cafe Amadita offers light breakfast and lunch fare.

Amada is open daily for lunch and dinner. Amadita is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and turns into a wine bar during dinner service.

250 Vesey St.
(at Brookfield Place)

Grand Banks

Grand Banks, the oyster bar located aboard a historic wooden schooner at Pier 25, reopened earlier in the season, and starting May 3 will carry a full food and beverage program.

That means sustainably harvested oysters, cocktails inspired by a nautical theme, and seasonally driven small plates.

Open daily.

Pier 25 (at North Moore Street & West Street)
Hudson River Park

Desi Galli

Desi Poutine, with fries, tikka masala gravy, and paneer. (Courtesy of Desi Galli)
Desi Poutine, with fries, tikka masala gravy, and paneer. (Courtesy of Desi Galli)

Following a flagship location in Curry Hill, a second outpost of Desi Galli has opened on the Lower East Side.

The restaurant specializes in fresh Indian street food, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. The menu includes Desi Poutine (with fries, tikka masala gravy, and grated paneer, and kati rolls).

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

172 Avenue B (at the corner of 11th Street)