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

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.flexmusselsny.com
  • Phone: (212) 717-7772
  • 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 & Promotions: 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "terrific selection of all types of mussels. What else can you say. Service was attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The mussel dishes are varied, unique and uniformly excellent. Although the other dishes are very good the choices are limited and basically simple. I found the beet salad notably good. For desert you must have the fresh donuts which can be had in a variety of fillings with a wonderful dipping sauce. Plan ahead, reservations are hard to come by. The only negative was the noise level which made conversation difficult. The dining crowd is definitely on the young side. If you're not a member of this group, depending on your psyche, dinner at Flex will either make you feel younger or much older."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fill it with oysters, mussels, French fries and donuts."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was very delicious the only disappointment was the "Mexican Mussels" I imagined it a spicy but it lacked that. Other than that the service and good was great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lovely experience with a group at Flex Mussels - good service, enjoyable atmosphere and on-trend offerings."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food as always. We come here once or twice a month, the food is great, and the price is decent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Delicious mussles and professional friendly staff. Our 3rd time there to meet and have dinner with friends. House wines and beer very tasty!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is one of my neighborhood favorites. There is a small but good selection of East and West Coast oysters, and the PEI mussels bask in a variety of complex broths. Even the bread delights, and it's perfect for dipping into the mussels broth! The salted caramel and lemon-filled doughnuts are a delicious way to end the meal. The cheerful art makes any seat cozy, but to enjoy an open view, ask for a table under the skylight. Limited street dining is available as well, and the bar area, though cramped, is bright and lively."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Best moules frites I have ever tasted. I recommend to start with a crab cake. Then order the mussels, provencale preparation. Is delicious. The only critic is the restricted list of Belgian beers. They should have the four classic trappists, all varietes (ie. They do not have Chimay Blue). Book in advance. The place is always full. Very demanded."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The mussels are amazing. I'm particularly fond of the Thai version but will happily eat my way through all of the varieties. I also really love the fried oyster appetizer. The restaurant a little loud but not too bad. Tables are close together so don't plan to say anything that can't be overheard. MUST book reservation a day or so in advance. During my second visit we ended up chatting up the diners on both sides of us, giving a communal feeling which was really fun. The couple that had been there numerous times advised us of the AMAZING freshly made donuts with your choice of filling - DO NOT SKIP THE SALTED CARAMEL!! Also, ask for the drunken donut special. however, service is BLAH to poor. no drink refills, no checking on you, etc"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If you love mussels this is the place. Experience mussels like you never have before. Deserts are amazing. Terrific service. Overall experience was much better than average."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went to flex mussels with my family and we thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous food. Service was slow to get us our entrees,we each had a different mussell dish, but it was worth the wait and we enjoyed the festive, busy atmosphere. Great night out"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "$15 for a pot of mussels (choose from the 3 basic ones) + fries during happy hour from 5-7 at the bar! cant beat that."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Mussels were excellent and great variety of choices. Very good service. Very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Went for early dinner after metropolitan on sun. At 5:30 pretty empty but totally filled up by 7. Wonderful selection of raw oysters. Our server was engaging, friendly & helpful in navigating the menu w/suggestions. & the mussels were prepared in ways we never had before & excellent. Try the Parma & add mushrooms. Can't miss accompanied w/truffle fries. Good wine selection & that donut dessert! Definetely a keeper."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "it was great as always-will defintely come back. Only complaint-tables are too small"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Then do not miss this restaurant. My wife said they were the best mussels that she ever had, even better than Peter's Calm Bar on Long Island, where she grew up eating mussels. They prepare mussels a dozen different ways, each more delicious than the next. For dessert, their fresh donuts are not to be missed. Choose your fillings and enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The mussels were wonderful and I love the large selection of broth. The kale salad was disappointing, but I really don't go to this restaurant for the kale salad."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Flex Mussels was a wonderful dining experience. The only problem is that the mussels are so good (especially the mussels parma) they preclude us from experiencing other restaurants in the city. Open one on Long Island."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Noise level gets really high when peak time approaches. have to love mussels because very few other choices."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal.....mussels were outstanding an the fried calamari, oyster and shrimp appetizer was a great pick too...can't say enough about the truffle fries...yum"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you like mussels this is your place! Also they have a selection of good oysters. I definitely recommend it"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I didn't know there could exist so many receipts with mussels. I've being there many times and my favorites are Mussels THAY and PARMA. So delicius!! We never sit right away, but it is worthy the wait."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Amazing oysters. Fabulous, knowledgeable, personable waitstaff. Marcus is top-notch!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the service and food in this one of a kind restaurant. It opens at 5pm for dinner. We spent all day at the MET and got to the restaurant 30 minutes before our 5pm reservation and they let us sit at the bar with a glass of ice water while they finished prepping. That was a really nice gesture. We had the oysters to start. They were really fresh and tasty. I had the mussel special dish with lobster bisque, scallops, shrimp, and macaroni. Mussels were cooked just right and were tender. The cocktail list is refreshing too. The service was very attentive and we were not rushed at all. Well done! I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I made a reservation the night before and was seated at a table in front of the kitchen. I saw a party of 3 - same as my request - seated in a much better spot right after me. I asked the manager if we could move to a quieter location. He said not - fortunately the hostess had better customer service skills and seated us in a quieter location after aobut a 5 minute wait. Other wait staff were lovely - the manager had horrible customer service skills. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Went with Mussel lovers although I myself don't eat them. Wish a little more selection for non-mussel eaters. Other than that, all was good."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Having walked by the restaurant many times, we finally had dinner here. Much to our surprise, the ambiance is great, the good is beyond our expectations and the service was excellent. The selection of mussel preparations is vast. Each one that we ordered was extremely tasty and slightly different from each other. Vegetables were well prepared and equally tasty and fresh. Great choice."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "First off I came to Flex for two things. One - they had a sparkling rose-it's off the menu, but still online.When I asked for cava the waiter tried to push prosecco on me.I don't like prosecco and I know the difference between the two.Second-the other reason I went to this restaurant was for their wedge salad-also gone, but also still on the online menu.I ordered the octopus instead, the bacon was underdone,rubbery; also incredibly over salted.The actual mussels I ordered were still good, but the sauce was greasy. The salted caramel doughnuts were skimpy on the filling. Overall I just feel like the food has really gone downhill. Maybe I came on an off night, but with so many great choices in the city - I will probably not return. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Happy Hour is an amazing value at this small, modern, call it boutique restaurant. I wouldn't do a romantic evening at Flex Mussels, but it's a trendy, hip place to go... and especially if you want a great oyster deal (12 for $18 during happy hour). We first did the drinks and oysters at the bar, then we moved to an outside table for two and enjoyed apps and mussell dinner. We had a southern and a maine mussell dish. The southern was perfect for me and my wife loved the Maine. They are very generous portions of mussells and we didn't leave hungry. I would come here again... but only if you want to partake in the limited fare offered on the menu. You best be a mussell lover!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "If you love mussels you will love flex mussels. Tucked away on the upper east side you will feel like you've stepped into true NY. Every dish on the menu is exceptional and tasty. Great salads. Fresh oyster options too. Don't leave without dessert! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014