Flex Mussels - 82nd Street
Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.flexmusselsny.com/
  • Phone: 2127177772x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Tues - Thurs 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:30pm Sunday 5:00-10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Canadian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please join us for $20 all you can eat mussels, fries, and one draft beer from 5:30-7PM every night at the bar and counter only. Choice of Fra Diavolo, Dijon or Classic.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues
  • Public Transit: 4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street, and M79 and M86 buses to 3rd Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Flex Mussels - 82nd Street
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. No sharing.

5:30-7PM Monday-Friday
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Flex Mussels - 82nd Street reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (152)fit for foodies (135)hot spot (62)special occasion (43)good for groups (42)vibrant bar scene (38)romantic (35)kid-friendly (18)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great mussels ever. The host who sat us however, was condesending and rude.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My daughter stumbled across an article on Flex Mussels and we decided to give it a try. What a find! We love mussels, but the variety was incredible and they were outstanding. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great, Service Not so Great
    LydiaMVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As always, the food wins here. The service was particularly bad. I come here at least once a month and have never had an experience like this. Waited 55 minutes for our reservation, maitre'd was not polite about it. We ordered a drink at the bar, after waiting 15 minutes to flag down the bartender who was perched at the end of the bar. Server was impossible to track down when we wanted to order more drinks. The table next to us was having a similar issue. I flagged down what I believe was a manager to ask for a wine list and he never came back. Shame, because the food is always consistent. The service used to be good but something changed in the last year. Hope they get their act together.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My partner and I both thought
    shelli
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    we were overcharged and short-served on our glass of wine order. This has never happened before at "Flex"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It is what it is - mussels plus a few other things. The do have fresh oysters and the shigoku oysters I had were superb. The PEI mussels served here are good size.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unreal
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    6th or 7th time at Flex- never dissapoints. Food is unbelieveable. Group of 3 had crab cakes and fried oysters to start. Best fried oysters we had ever had- very fresh. All did mussels for entree. The best mussels around, especially the Bruschetta w/ lobster. Great fries on the side. Dont forget the dessert. Great selection of doughnuts, but dont waste your time. get all salted caramel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexed Mussels
    kitchykatie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I went with a friend of mine to catch up and the food was ok. We split the special and one of her favorite mussel dishes. We weren't really a fan of the special and once the bill came the special was way more then any of the other dishes. Not the usual few dollars more. I feel like in senses like that they should note it or mention it, but not a huge deal. The place was small with no real windows in the back but there were alot of murals and pictures on the wall to try and make up for it. The servers were very attentive and kept emptying our shell bowls which was great. the tables were a little too close together I sort of felt like I was having dinner with the people on either side of me as well. They made the most of their space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taste: Ten
    PabloNYVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    While the tastes of my wedge salad and Mexican Mussels were exceptional, the portions were inadequate. The fries were cold and, therefore, lacked taste. However, the staff was exceptionally attentive and the décor was quite attractive and inviting. I would try this again as the menu offers so many delicious sounding options that another few visits are definitely warranted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat with earplugs
    24dinner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    After being unable to get a table here on several occasions, I was thrilled to be able to book one on a Sunday night. We sat at 6:45 and thought the menu offered many great options. The food was good, but the noise level was too high to speak. In addition, they played music so loudly that we couldn't enjoy our meal. They played their sound system so loudly, only adding insult to injury. We asked two different servers to turn down the volume. It was lowered for a few minutes and then back to ear splitting level. It just wasn't fun eating even though the mussels were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fresh and ample
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always great seafood and of course the muscles. We love coming here and it is a local place. The donuts are the treat at end of a yummy muscles meal and oysters. Great beer and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pmccrosk
    pmccroskVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the 4th time eating at Flex Mussels. While the food is good, the overall experience is diminished by loud noise, small portions and high tab.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grate food
    Cycy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice experience! I will definetly go again. Very tasty food, good service, deserts amazing! You should go if you love sea food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good!!!
    JMDNYC
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We've lived in the city for 18 years and just discovered Flex Mussels. So upset but will be going frequently. The varieties of mussels is incredible and all are delicious. Also, love the crab cake and octopus apps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussels Extradonnaire
    King649
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great spot to enjoy the wonders of Prince Edward Islands mussels prepared in more ways than you can imagine. Suggest you ask about their daily #23 specia;.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mussels!
    UesfoodyumVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    With 23 different preparations of fresh mussels, it is difficult to decide on just one. We always enjoy a trip to flex. Great service and delicious mussels keep Flex on our reataurant rotation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Muscles!
    Openinkie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is excellent here. I could eat here a lot & never get bored because there is such a great variety on the menu. I wouldn't have changed one single thing about the Muscles Fungi. Perfect combination of ingredients perfectly prepared. This will become a regular spot for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    TammsbbVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had such a fun time here. I really wanted to give this spot a try and ended up dining by myself at the bar. I had such an enjoyable time. The food amazing. The bartenders very sweet and attentive. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you like mussels, you have to go. If you do not like mussels, the place will change your mind. Thai and Maine are awesome. Truffle fries are gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flex Mussels
    Tempo
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    WE had a wonderful time at Flex Mussels. The menu is a lot of fun and the wait staff was terrific. The atmosphere is lively and energetic. We enjoyed the mussels and our appetizers of fried oysters and tuna carpaccio. The desserts are amazing but it would be nice to be able to get fewer than 4 donuts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    monica1VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Amazing & fresh food, service was excellent! We had the thai mussels which were fantastic. The truffle fries are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good broth n donuts
    BeachBumVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The mussels were okay, well cooked but a tsa small. But the different broth and flavor combos were really good and so was the donut desers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tiny mussels
    212celeste
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The place was pretty, clean and fun. We ate in the front bar area and the service was top notch. Only complaint was the size of the mussels. Big shells no meat, so it seemed like the pot was full, but unless you ate all the bread for dipping you'd still be hungry after a panfull to yourself. Would love to be a neighborhood regular, but I like my mussels pumped and brawny.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    foodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were a party of five for my adult daughter's birthday. The table, lighting and music was perfect. We all ordered different mussels and they were all delicious! Couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great upper east side find
    Bklyngirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While the upper east side can have slim pickings for good food in a fun atmosphere Flex Mussels fits the bill. The mussels are outstanding with interesting or classic preparations. They also have other choices of mostly seafood if you don't want mussels. Homemade donuts with sauces you choose is a standout dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated and disappointing
    MrsWombles
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Amb.: It smelled like ammonia/bad seafood. In hindsight, we should have left. Candlelight & fisherman-themed decor is nice. The music was corny. Service: Waiter was fair, but the busboys made up for it. They made sure our shell pots were swapped and water glasses constantly filled. Most of the waitstaff stood nearby and gossiped loudly. It was distracting and unprofessional. Food: My husband & I ordered mussels. He had the San Daniele, which should've had prosciutto, caramelized onions, wine & garlic. My husband swears it was country ham. Also, tasted like the kitchen skimped on the wine. I had Dijon mussels, which could've been ok but they were sandy & had mustard blobs throughout. Mussels were small. Can't recommend!
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  • Awesome Dinner at Flex
    KistyNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had dinner for the first time at Flex Mussels Wed July 30th. You don't have to think alot when you come here, you're going to order the mussels and sop up the delicious liquid at the bottom with excellent crusty bread. Portions are very generous. I went with Fra Diavolo (nice and spicy), my GF went with Dijon, and we washed it down with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Great summer time meal. We were both full so I can't comment on the desserts. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    nomnom13
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great mussels- we went with a group and just passed the pots around the table. They were all delicious! The truffle fries are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noelle
    Noelle
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    thought the food, service and ambience was amazing. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels, fish tacos and donuts
    liseV
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time for dinner and it was delicious. We shared a pot of the mussels du jour and fish tacos and it was plenty. and the donuts, incredible! We the 2 salted caramel and 2 s'mores and almost ordered another round, so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Mussels
    emac
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner was great. We sat outside. Waitress and busers very attentive. We will be going back...soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So
    FoodieGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been to Flex many times and usually have a great time but this night was off. The waitress ignored us and the bus boy broke two glasses at our feet and it never really got cleaned up. The mussels were really tiny and the portions much smaller than usual. I'd still go back because of previous good experiences but that night was not a great one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels were Flexed
    mikeycevs
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good vibe, great mussels, even better drinks. Overall a great time. Would definitely ask if you get a mussels dish that's cooked in a chowder or thicker sauce to be cooked well done to make sure they are really cooked thoroughly. That said, really great food, great service, and creative twists to the classic mussels dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best mussels in New York.
    Luvgdfd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had heard about the mussels here and it didn't disappoint. Make sure you try the truffled fries - Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Meh...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Arrived right on time for our reservation, but a bored hostess told us we would need to wait for our table, which took about 10 minutes. The reception/bar area is packed and so this was an awkward wait. Once seated, out waiter was great but dinner only so-so. I had the Little Neck, which arrived in a skillet packed with clams and mussels, but it was sitting under hot lights or a broiler too long. The mussels and clams were tiny, shriveled and dry. There was only about two or three tablespoons of broth in the bottom of the skillet. It was tasty but I had to make my way through too many desiccated shellfish to get there. My daughter had better luck. Her San Daneiele was much better - mussels were huge and plump with oceans of broth.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lynn
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    terrific selection of all types of mussels. What else can you say. Service was attentive and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great broth in mussels!
    hungrynurse
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went here early evening to eat for my birthday with coworkers. Ordered the san Danielle mussels with cream and prosciutto and onions.The broth was great! Mussels were a bit small but cleaned well. The bread was warm and chewy, went great with the broth. The policy of the restaurant is a bit rigid. My party was 4 and three was there at the time of reservation. They wouldn't seat us until the 4th was there which was ridiculous because the restaurant was empty. Flex mussels open at 530. My reservations was for 530! Wasted precious time to eat. We could of ordered a lot more but we had to go to another event so we rushed. Missed opportunity!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    we fond Flex a few years ago on a trip to NYC. we have been to the 82nd St location three times, and the location downtown once. it always pleases.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT NIGHT
    dininggirlVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went for mussels but the experience was so much more. While we had to wait a little for our reservation, the entire experience made it worth it. The mussels were fabulous. We also shared crab cakes that were wonderful. The waiter was helpful and loud enough to be heard. And the donuts….oh wow!! Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You never knew you loved mussels!
    AWDogVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As a self described non-eater of mussels, I am pleased to say Flex Mussels' mussels were delicious!I am now a convert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun and different
    onthego
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner. The calamari appetizer was large enough for two and I had the Thai mussels which was delicious. The lemon meringue dessert was faboulous. The waiters were energetic, helpful and very friendly. We will return.
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