Flex Mussels - 13th Street

Flex Mussels - 13th Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://flexmussels.com/
  • Phone: 2122290222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Tues - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30PM, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Special Events: Please join us for $20 all you can eat mussels from 5:30-7PM every night at the bar and counter only. Choice of Fra Diavolo, PEI or Classic. Fries and one draft beer included!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and 7th Ave.
  • Public Transit: Take F, M, 2, 3 TO 14th Street and 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Flex Mussels - 13th Street
Flex directly imports the highest quality Prince Edward Mussels, and we serve oysters that taste like you're kissing the sea!

Happy Hour

7 nights a week-bar and counter only 5:30-7PM Monday-Thursday, Fri-Sunday 5:00PM-7PM
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Flex Mussels - 13th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (119)neighborhood gem (96)hot spot (49)romantic (44)special occasion (38)good for groups (38)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (12)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Noisy oysters and mussels aplenty
    Gabsez
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This well designed and efficient restaurant specializes in mussels of course but offers charming friendly service overall and while formulaic, it all works efficiently and servers and hostesses and hosts and bussers all work towards its effectiveness. It's a loud lively spot but fun and lotsa choices in food and drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellet food
    kwalsh
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent and they had a great variety of choices for those who love mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels were Excellent
    PrivateCitizen
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Not too expensive for a NYC joint. Mussels Dijon were excellent. Unlimited free bread is also a plus. Air quality was a bit on the humid side although A/C was working.. Would say the fried oysters should have been priced more cheaply, as $16 for 6 is expensive. $12.95 would have been more reasonable, especially given they weren't big.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was so good!
    new2theneighborhoodVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined for my 25th birthday. We had the burnt fingers appetizer which was very good- good amount of calamari, two large shrimp and 2 delicious fried clams. We each ordered a pot of mussels and shared. The Cleopatra was not one of the classic pots, but was SO SO good! We also tried the Dijon which was amazing! Don't forget to ask for extra bread to dip in the remaining sauce! OKAY now to the best part... don't get me wrong we had a wonderful meal, but the DOUGHNUTS! what can I say except MOST WONDERFUL THINGS I'VE EVER EATEN. The s'mores one was our favorite by far, but we also tried classics like the cinnamon sugar, chocolate and strawberry. Next time we will try some of the "crazier" flavors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding seafood.
    Travis
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of my favorite seafood restaurants in the city. Out of the way, but worth the trip every time. Great service, great food, great environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than just mussels
    Petuniapp
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Flex Mussels is all about mussels, with over 20 different combinations of sauces, etc. but they also add other seafood to the mix. I had the lobster chowder mussels, and my husband did the mussels with little neck clams. Both were excellent, and the mussels are of consistently good size since they are farm raised. Between our two pots of mussels, only 1 didn't open, a rarity with mussels. Then, the dessert donuts are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visiting NYC
    Catherine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I visit NYC annually and am always looking for a great spot that is not "the norm". We shared buckets of a variety of mussels and had your famous donuts for dessert. The food was amazing! I used open table and asked for a nice table (not near traffic) not knowing the seating and I was pleasantly surprised that we were given one of the best spots in the back room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    sereouseatr
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The wines by the glass were limited to a small portion of the list and most started at $13/glass which would not have been so bad had it not been for the very stingy pour. As far as mussels go, variety of offerings were very good. However, if you have an aversion to cream in your broth, it reduces your choices by half. Biggest disappointment had to be that for a place that specialized in serving mussels, my dining partner and I were very surprised by the size of the mussels that we were served. I've got to be honest and say that I've seen the insides of pistachio nuts with bigger meat than the mussels we had. If I put my name on the line like that, I'd be sure to have the stuff! Next time, any belgian restaurant for better ..for less.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best mussels ever
    scandiP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We passed this restaurant strolling around in our hood! And what a lucky stroll. We booked a table for happy hour the same day, and went to try out the oysters followed by dijon mussels and the classic ones with truffle fries. It certainly was a happy hour - the best oysters and mussels we have ever had. We are sure to come back to our new neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best mussels!!
    txgirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to Flex Mussels for the first time last year and my husband loved it. I just started eating Mussels a few months ago so I was excited to go back and try one of the many different flavors/styles they serve. I was not disappointed, we actually went back a second time during our 4 day stay in NYC. My husband had the Maine mussels which had lobster and a broth with bacon and potato. I had the Parma, which was mussels with melted Parmesan cheese, crispy onions and a fairly rich, cheesy type broth. I added lump crab meat to it. It was delicious. It is served with bread, which is really good in the broth. Lots of reviewers recommend the truffle fries, so we got them also. They were good, but I did not need them with the bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    lodythefoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been to different Flex Mussels locations around the city and we always have a great time. This time was no exception. Service was fantastic and great ambiance if you're young and want to have a fun night out. Not good for families with small children. We ordered oysters last-minute (after already ordering all our food) and they managed to bring them out immediately. They were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Restaurant worth trying!
    PhillytoNYC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Flex Mussels was a place I stumbled upon and decided to try. My partner and I had a FANTASTIC experience here. John (our waiter) was amazing and gave incredible recommendations. The food itself was flavorful and fresh...not to mention their donuts for dessert were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service a little snooty
    UWS2VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Mussels were good, and there was lots of bread to dip into the sauces. Service could be less "I know more than you".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flex your taste mussels
    STLBOB
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    So if you like mussels, this is THE place. Sauces to die for! Be sure to get a spoon to get every last drop. You'll LOVE this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bruxelles memories
    Thal
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have yet to find a New York place that is as good as the old Bruxelles on Greenwich avenue. Flex mussels has the food quality but much less European ambience and much more noise. But the owners (ugh) have the right business model because the customers average 30 years younger.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DrLeeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lots of different ways of preparing/presenting mussels. Ours were very good (Classic, Bombay...). The restaurant is surprisingly sprightly. Service was fine. A bit specialized of course, but you know that going in...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where's the meat?
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed the flavors but the mussels were so very tiny.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flex Mussels make my day AWESOME!
    ImaniVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    So many flavors and styles to pick from, mussels are premiered on the menu. It's rare to find a restaurant that focuses on one ingredient and does it so well. We tried 4 pots and were very satisfied with all 4. Of the 4, I would highly recommend the Thai pot and Copenhagen pot. Donuts were great as well, some of our favorites were the salted caramel, smores and fluffernutter. Service was great, reservations highly recommended since both locations are on the smaller side, ideal for 2-4 people any group larger may be tougher to get seating. Flex is now one of my go-to spots when family and friends visit from out of town. If only they were open for lunch, I would bring all of my client here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Judy
    Judy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love Flex Mussels. When I knew we were going to the Atlantic Theater I knew where we'd eat. I love the simplicity of the menu and the breadth of choices. We had Burnt Fingers as an appetizer and it was a perfect dish in everyday. The seafood was perfectly fried and the dipping sauce heavenly. I had Mussels with kaffir lime and lemongrass while my husband had Mexican mussels with chorizo. My only complaint was that I thought the mussels were a bit small but the sauce in which they were cooked was delicious. Of course we had 4 donuts for dessert - also heavenly .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flex shows its mussels!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    For fresh mussels and oysters, Flex Mussels can't be beat. Consistently outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different
    luvoreo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Came here with some friends as, they never been here. However, I have to say, it was a little disappointing. I'm not sure if the chef is different or perhaps they were so busy that the food quality was not what I remembered it to be. We ordered the Crab Nacho's as a starter from the special of the day and it was pretty bland and dry. The mussels were kind of salty and small. For dessert, we ordered the donuts (from what I remembered, it was delicious) but, this time around, it was not. Last, when we paid, we gave the waiter our credit card and a $20 to have him give us change, but he never did (our fault as well for not remembering) but that shouldn't have to be the case. Overall, we did enjoy the atmosphere and made the most of our night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussel heaven
    NewYorkWannaBe
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you like mussels, you could eat here every day for over two weeks and have something different every day. All sound delicious! I had the "spicy" Fra Diavolo but it was not at all spicy. However, the sauce was lip-smacking good (although too salty to me) and the bread they provide is wonderfully chewy. My daughter greatly enjoyed the four-donut dessert. Service is very good. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The price adds up, but the food really never disappoints.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Apho
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great menu, great idea! Loved being served in large pots and choices of mussels hit every possible taste bud. Really fun place and good sized portions. Needed and received 2 complimentary orders of stupendous bread to soak up the terrific sauces in the pots and even dunked the fabulous french fries when we decided we should not ask for a third order of bread!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Dining
    newyorkies
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was tasty, creative, from the appetizers; delicious corn meal fried calamari with a delicious dipping sauce to the variety of mussel combo dishes we all shared to make sure we all had a share in the innovative and varied dishes. The broths were superb!! Dipping way too much delicious bread until we drank it all. Dessert of key lime pie in a glass was out of this world; probably one of the most delicious desserts I've had. And I am a chocolate lover! Usually none of that fancy fruit concoctions for me!! Very crowded, tables close together, noisy but attentive, friendly waiters. Can't say much for the alcohol because I chose not to indulge. Generous portions and prices to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Mussels!
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I absolutely love this place. Their Dijon Mussels is one of my favorites. The serving is big enough to leave you satisfied. Their beer selection was also great. The only reason I didn't rank it 5 stars is for their skimpy dessert selections. But if mussels is what you crave, then this place is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    MTMNYC
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is my go-to place for a nice night out. The mussels are always great and there are so many varieties to choose from. Our server was spectacular, friendly and charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seefood in NYC
    awhite
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Some of the best service and seafood in NYC. Dessert was the best beignets I've outside New Orleans and France. Drinks were top notch as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussel Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great selection of mussel preparation. Also good to see other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious
    AmyinthecityVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I thought this was one of the best mussel dishes I ever had. I was disappointed that the fries did not come with the mussels. I have been to many restaurants this is the first restaurant that charged a comparable price to other restaurants that serve similar dishes without the fries! But the food itself was great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FLEX-IT
    FirstTimeAnassaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    SO DELISH! GREAT HOSPITALITY BY ALL THANK YOU (ALL)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lizzy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our server, David was professional and attentive. He made great suggestions and was helpful with the menu. Mussels were amazing. I had the Thai and they were fresh and flavorful. Also loved the oyster shooter!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Foodiefromnj
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Been here several times now and it's always just great! Love the whole scene and the food couldn't be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The name says it all
    Ashland68
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We got 4 types. Thai and cleopatra were my favs. They do know how to do mussels. Oddly enough no one was impressed with any of the signature cocktails. Bit if mussels are what you crave... This is the place. Oh and the donuts were pretty tasty too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED!
    Foodiefromnj
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great atmosphere but not loud or too hectic. I don't really love mussels but took my daughter as they are her favorite. Now I realize I love mussels prepared properly! Our waitress was great, we had the Dijon and the lobster mussels and argued over which one was more spectacular. Spicy salad to start was delicious and the truffle fries a must! Sangria was refreshing and definitely worth a try-delicious. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    haitianhonie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I recommend for groups of 6 or less. All around wonderful experience & cool vibe. You don't feel rushed and can really enjoy yourself.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mussels I've ever had!!!!
    Kwizard78
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you don't like Mussels skip this restaurant because that is what makes up the majority of their menu. But if you love mussels, run here. These were some of the freshest and most delicious mussels I've ever tasted. I had the Thai Curry broth and it was outstanding. My whole party was raving over their meals.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get another bartender
    NotaCleanFreakVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Waited 20 minutes for our drinks - our waiter was great but was thwarted by more management
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Cool1215
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second times in two weeks. I tried the Mexican style mussel the first time I was there and Thai style for the second time. I enjoyed both very much. I will come back again soon for more. Flex Mussels has different way of cooking mussels that makes it more enjoyable when you eat them. Don't for get the flex donuts. My favor ones are wildblueberies, salted caramel & lemon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dining experience
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food at Flex Mussels is wonderful; a combination of inspired casual and chic; earthy, eclectic, sophisticated, yet simple and satisfying. If you enjoy mussels anyway, you can't go wrong here. If you're not sure, this is the place you will learn to love them, or there's no hope for you anywhere. And you must get the donuts, which are amazing and unlike any donuts you will find anywhere else. Mussels and donuts; who knew? Just another example of the creative pairings you will find here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet