Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

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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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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Why I don’t get points ???Restaurant the food was very good except French fried $ 8.00 over priced

h
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fun spot! Mussels were perfectly prepared, and I could have dunked bread into that yummy sauce for hours. Really friendly servers, too. And I'm obsessed with those witty paintings of the sea and its inhabitants...

NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot for drinks, a friendly dinner, date, etc.

UW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good time, always good food, always like going there.

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I cannot eat mussels anywhere else! Flex is the absolute best!

DU
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

I have been to Flex Mussels around 5x over the past few months and each time I have noticed the same few things.

I have never been to the restaurant without a reservation, which is good because I have a feeling you'd never get a seat otherwise.

Despite having a reservation, I have consistently had to wait to be seated (last time I waited 20 minutes after my scheduled reservation). What's the point of making a reservation if they are going to make you wait? We thought about leaving, and honestly, we should have. Very rude to make a reservation wait 20+ minutes to be seated.

Secondly, the hostess is RUDE! When asked if we could sit at another table (same size, just farther away from the center), she said no because they were "very full"... it was 5:30 pm and there were maybe 2 other dining parties in the dining room... she also said that "they had just opened" so we'd have to wait for 'service'... why have 5:30 reservations if you cannot accommodate them? Do you "open" at 5:30 or at 6?!

The food is OK, although seems to take FOREVER to come out. I have been cooking mussels for years and I KNOW you are supposed to throw away any mussels that are still solidly shut after cooking-- I have found several completely shut ones in my bowl, which makes me wonder if the kitchen really knows what they're doing...

I hope this place gets their sloppy service sorted out. You cannot be this dysfunctional and slow in NYC.

JA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great selection,excellent food, great service. Can't wait to go back

B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Christina our server made it a fun dining experience. She is a true professional

Our first time there after an afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum. Creative menu, who knew you could have 23 entree’s of mussels 🤙

Highly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jack is a great waiter!!!!

TH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

After a week-long mussle-craving during our NYC visit, we booked a table here on a Thursday night. It was packed inside and the tables were full with yummy looking food. We sat in the back where the AC was a bit to cold to our comfort, but other than that the place is super cosy and we could peak into the kitchen which is always a treat. The service was prompt, genuine and very attentive. The recommended truffle fries came with perfect mayonnaise, and the bread was fresh and crisp and refilled before we could ask. The absolute stars of the night were, of course, the mussles! We had an Italian one with lots of fresh tomato, garlic, basil and fresh chillies and the Thai one, so rich in flavour but still allowing the mussles to steal the show. At this moment in the season they are small but o-so-tasty, and at FM they knew exactly how to prep them perfectly.

CN
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, this place is amazing. Food, service and wine was awesome.

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great mussels oysters go here all the time for oyster descriptions are right on

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great first time experience for 2 of the 3 in our group. One had been previously and was the impetus for making the reservation.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went on the early side Saturday, after a trip to the Met. As usual, we had a lovely dining experience. Good air conditioning, excellent service, and yummy mussels. I had the Bangkok style. Their truffle fries are a treat, and don’t miss the donuts!

RG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food and very neighborhood feel. Terrific drinks and the dessert is outstanding!

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the best oysters I've ever had! A really great meal with the family.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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j
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great mussels! And great oysters! Try the donuts for dessert! This place is a favorite!

TB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Visited on Friday night around 9. We had a reservation but the table wasnt ready right away. the hostess insisted that

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I went there for seafood and yet the seafood was not good. The shrimp tasted frozen and fishy, the mussels were just okay. We ordered them with lobster and they gave us 2 pieces that were so small we laughed and thought it was a mistake. We also ordered a kale salad that was less than mediocre. The only thing that was good was the gelato dessert, which they outsource from a gelataria in soho! And for such an underwhelming meal, it was quite expensive! I would literally never go back again.

IN
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely and trendy date night location. Although quite loud, the environment, service, and food (we had the Thai mussels and the San Daniele mussels for dinner and the crab guacamole as an appetizer. Save room for the donuts!) made for an excellent evening.

HN
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening with friends. Our server was the bet. Patient with first timers and offered wonderful suggestions for wine! Definitely a hit with everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food is wonderful. Very family friendly. We brought our under one infant and our server, Vic, was kind enough to bring hot water to our table so we could warm up her baby formula.

d
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

the special dish was nothing special and the mussels were overcooked, as was the shrimp. The Mussels with fra diavolo sauce were good but not very spicy

MR
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Nice place with good mussels! Fun. Very noisy but ok.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best mussels in town

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious options, great seafood, serving sizes appropriate and great pairings

R
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Just a tad too noisy & cramped. But we will return - too many more sumptuous offerings to try.

F
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Mussel lovers, rejoice! Simply amazing: 22 varieties plus the daily “special” appropriately called #23. Add in those drop dead truffle fries and enjoy taste a touch of heaven. Generous portions,folks, but leave room for the home-made donuts, especially the salted caramel, lemon and chocolate stuffed. Reservations a must.

MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved everything except disappointed in my "classic" mussels. Thought the broth was tasteless but everything else we had was wonderful.

j
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, such a wide selection and all stunning dishes - really enjoyed each one! Large portions and the staff are great and happy to offer recommendations! Would happily tell friends to go there and will be heading back myself!

SR
Acapulco
22 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good!!!

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always reliable. Food is fresh and amazing. Service is outstanding. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place to eat on the UES.

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

This was my third time here. Food was solid, as always. Oysters and mussels were fresh. The hostess was extremely pushy about having our entire party there (3 people) to seat us at the table. The music in the bar area was extremely loud. Loud in the way where you can't hear the person next to you, let alone yourself think, and all you can do is order another drink. Maybe this is intentional.

The waiter was kind enough to persuade the hostess to seat us. We noticed the restaurant was empty in the back, even when we did finish our meal.

F
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flex has the best mussels I've ever tasted in my life! Even the fried clams were excellent. I would go back there again and again

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great find! My only criticism is that the lobster mussels are DECEIVING!! While the flavor is lovely, there is virtually no lobster in the dish. Disappointing😕.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love their happy hour!!

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

If I had choose just one pot of mussels to try, it would have to be the Thai mussel. Absolutely amazing! Truffle fries are an amazing add on!

SM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you like mussels, you'll love Flex.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible service, both at reception and from waiter. Don't order the chowder. The broth is like water and it is filled with cheap whitefish. Reception was rude and dishonest.

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