Flex Mussels - 82nd Street
Happy Hour specials 7 nights a week at the bar and counter only.
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday
Why I don’t get points ???Restaurant the food was very good except French fried $ 8.00 over priced
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...
Great spot for drinks, a friendly dinner, date, etc.
Always a good time, always good food, always like going there.
I cannot eat mussels anywhere else! Flex is the absolute best!
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.
Great selection,excellent food, great service. Can't wait to go back
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 🤙
Jack is a great waiter!!!!
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.
As always, this place is amazing. Food, service and wine was awesome.
Great mussels oysters go here all the time for oyster descriptions are right on
Great first time experience for 2 of the 3 in our group. One had been previously and was the impetus for making the reservation.
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!
Consistently great food and very neighborhood feel. Terrific drinks and the dessert is outstanding!
Some of the best oysters I've ever had! A really great meal with the family.
Great mussels! And great oysters! Try the donuts for dessert! This place is a favorite!
Visited on Friday night around 9. We had a reservation but the table wasnt ready right away. the hostess insisted that
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.
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.
Wonderful evening with friends. Our server was the bet. Patient with first timers and offered wonderful suggestions for wine! Definitely a hit with everyone.
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.
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
Nice place with good mussels! Fun. Very noisy but ok.
Best mussels in town
Delicious options, great seafood, serving sizes appropriate and great pairings
Excellent food and service! Just a tad too noisy & cramped. But we will return - too many more sumptuous offerings to try.
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.
Loved everything except disappointed in my "classic" mussels. Thought the broth was tasteless but everything else we had was wonderful.
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!
Always reliable. Food is fresh and amazing. Service is outstanding. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place to eat on the UES.
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.
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
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😕.
Love their happy hour!!
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!
If you like mussels, you'll love Flex.
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.