Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

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Seafood
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Direct importers of mussels from Prince Edward Island and oysters that taste like you're kissing the sea.

Happy Hour specials 7 nights a week at the bar and counter only.

5:30-7PM Monday-Friday
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday
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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in New York. We come here whenever we are in town.
Everything on the menu is beautifully flavored and perfectly prepared. The servers are always friendly and on point.
Always an amazing meal!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

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EC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The hostess was very surly and disinterested. It took her awhile to check us in so we asked if we could sit at the bar and she gave us another annoyed look. It set a very negative tone for happy hour/dinner. Otherwise food was great, bartender was nice and attentive.

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F
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Fresh mussels, if you have room, the donuts are fun!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & service

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Come here often as it’s a favorite for my family. Live outside the city, so it was the right place to have a birthday celebration with the family and get out of suburbia. Went for the 6 pack of donuts this time. Also order the truffle fries, cafe style (aka crispy) - heaven.

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ZN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

So delicious. A bit crowded and noisy. Chairs and tables close together. Be prepared to eat delicious food and then try to squeeze your way out of the restaurant!

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, good all around vibe
Highly recommend it

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HS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Up to their usual high standard.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fabulous. We would definitely return.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointed after having enjoyed a previous brunch
Eggs cold and not cooked well done as requested
They were accommodating in regards to trying again
Still not as hot as they should’ve been
Arugula salad very salty-inedible

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SR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a fun, creative and delicious place. If you don't like mussels, don't bother! If you do, don't walk - RUN!

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CW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Flex! We showed up a little early for our 7:45 reservation (you have to book!), and they offered us an outside table, which we jumped at, being a cool night. Because of the construction next door, it's actually quiet and folks aren't breezing by. Rebecca took excellent care of us -- attentive without intrusiveness. The hardest part is deciding which preparation to order and which wine will go best! First world problems, indeed. A wonderful experience always, and a great value for a lovely evening out!

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LL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best oysters in NYC! Shrimp ceviche is outstanding! Super sweet staff. I enjoyed it so much I went back the next night!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Great food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kristina and Jack are the BEST!!! Love you guys

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, accommodating staff, relaxing ambiance! I’m already thinking of when to return.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been here many times and always get the Thai mussels. I could eat them every week and never tire of them.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Loud
Waitress was missing half the night
It was noisy

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N
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

We have always loved Flex Mussels and as usual, the food was excellent. Our table tried four different varieties of mussels and each was unique and delicious. Kale salad for starter is always a winner. Our experience this time was marred by really slow service. We were seated on time for our reservation, wine arrived and salads in a timely fashion. Then at least thirty minutes went by before we had to ask where our entrees were. The waitress said she would check, and that "the kitchen was backed up". Never had that happen before but makes me cautious about returning. Was it a one-off or are the standards slipping?

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CN
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is probably our 5th time here and as always. Everything is amazing.

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AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come all the time and like usual it was amazing. It was our mom’s birthday and the waitress was wonderful. The food was outstanding and my mom really enjoyed her food! It was our first time for brunch and I want to come back to try some things on that brunch menu!

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SM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very consistent. Always great food complemented by great service.

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SJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious, but they forgot one of the appetizers which was disappointing.

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!!! From the apps to the mains!!

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F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flex Mussels is an awesome restaurant for mussels. Mussels were fresh, creamy and large. Service is always outstanding. Would definitely recommend.

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t
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The mussels were good. We had two different types are both were very good. The beet salad was good but needed more beets and more goat cheese. The cappuccino was very good

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F
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

More variety of delicious mussels than anywhere! Skip the appetizers as yummy as they are - mussels portions are quite large. Very nicely crafted cocktails. Packed-in tables and uncomfortable chairs insure rapid table turnover. Try eating at the bar. Reservations a must.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is fabulous, the wait staff are very nice and the service is great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was excellent. The waiter could have been more helpful when I was asking questions regarding the gluten and dairy free options instead of simply brushing me off and saying yeah yeah I think it is. Not acceptable.

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Always a pleasurable meeting/dining experience

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We had a reservation for 3 at 7:30. All of us were there at 7:40. The hostess said it would be a few minutes. We waited patiently as several other customers were seated. After a few more minutes, we saw a few more customers leave and asked for an update on our table. The hostess said something about the customers at our table were slow. By 8:05 we saw at least 8 people leave and no one still called us to be seated. I was now angry and went to the desk. The hostess again said she'd check, a manager (I suspect) heard my frustration, intervened and seated us immediately. As we walked in there were at least three empty 4 person tables. Infuriating!

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CN
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

This place is always great but not today for brunch. Service was slow and not on point, food was bad. We both asked for the options that involved toast, and in both cases it was so hard that it made it almost impossible to chew / break or eat. Too toasted or wrong bread type used for an avocado toast and for the lobster toast as well. Even the heavenly truffle fries were dry

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The food is pretty good. Unfortunately it gets one star as the hostess staff always leaves us waiting for a table. Last time they had canceled our reservation after it was confirmed. This time we waited for a table for 15 minutes and then We’re shown one next to the kitchen in the traffic zone. Hostesses not solicitous. Considering there are so many nice places to dine, this is off my list.

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e
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a magnificent dinner. Not only were the mussels fantastic in four different varieties for the four of us but the ambience was perfect for a New England mussel or oyster house. This is one of my new favorite restaurants. I’ll go back every time I’m in New York

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PP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect meal for a cold day! Nice change of pace. Loved the decor. Will definitely go again!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A little bummed about happy hour. We made reservations and thought we were getting happy hour prices but happy hour is only in the bar. Felt a little tricked. But everything was yummy.

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CN
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is ALWAYS fantastic! waiters are awesome, food is superb, the wine is also pretty good in value and quality and ambiance is energetic. Great spot for everyday dining

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I was with a friend who is Belgian and got the classic mussels with onions and white wine. The mussels were big, juicy and tasty, and the broth was delicious.

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