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
232 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (141)neighborhood gem (134)hot spot (59)good for groups (45)special occasion (39)romantic (38)vibrant bar scene (31)great for lunch (17)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (9)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Moules frites lovers rejoice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Don't let the corny name deter you. This is the real deal. The Thai mussels (coconut milk, lemon grass, roasted garlic, cilantro, lime) were fantastic. The lobster roll that was also first rate. Minor annoyance is that the mussels don't come with fries - you have to order them a la carte - but they did come with the lobster roll (enough for 2 to split) and were wonderfully crispy and hot. Save room for dessert - we chose the doughnut platter with choice of 6 fillings and I still dream about it. Service was friendly and unusually attentive for a mid-priced restaurant. A small blip: when my husband dropped his knife on the floor, the nearest busboy immediately picked it up and then placed it back on the table (five second rule??).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FOOD SPOILED BY NOISE LEVEL
    INTHEKNOW
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What would otherwise be a perfect dining experience is spoiled by the booming noise level. Impossible to say anything to your dining partner. For this reason I am hesitant to give an across the board recommendation, even though the mussels are great! The french fries not so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Many Mussels!
    waterfrontfinder
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food here is always amazing. Each person gets a whole pot of delicious mussels. We went on a Tuesday night, and it was a little cramped and noisy. The service was excellent, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    the mussels were tasty but not all the rage, donuts were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lvfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Even though we arrived way before our scheduled reservation time, the hostess graciously seated us early even though the place was hopping. I am not a mussel fan but was pleasantly surprised how good it was. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We had a great meal and will go back when in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I brought a foodie friend here for dinner and we had a great meal. We got the mussels Funghi and San Daniele. They were so creamy and delicious. The mussels came out PIPING hot but it didn't stop us from scarfing them down immediately (even to the detriment to a few of our taste buds). Overall great service and food. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late dinner
    Sushifeast
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Met up with some friends for a late, light meal. Mussels were great but the branzino was tiny and not worth the money. Best to stick with the Mussels. Beer selection was good but never heard of most of the microbreweries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    HariG
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Flex Mussels does not disappoint Amazing beer, oysters, and mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it's all about the broth!
    jimmVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We very much enjoyed Flex Mussels! "Flex" means they're flexible preparation; you choose from 20 or so different preps. Of course mussels are all about the broth, and Flex doesn't disappoint. We had the Bombay (a little spicy!) and Maine style. Both good. These are farmed PEI mussels so they're not really large but you'll be OK with the portion. Tons of broth so we ended up taking the leftover home and eating it as soup. Truffle fries also decent. Their other feature is bismark donuts with various fillings. They come a minimum of 3 with a little side bowl of creme anglaise. Unique but nothing to leap up and down over. Slightly pricy but hey it's NYC. We were able to dine al fresco in their small outdoor seating area so that was a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Waiter
    Sisterphia
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our waiter was so strange and off putting. He make me and my friends feel really awkward at my birthday dinner. I am sure we were nice and not difficult but from the very start he had an exteremly weird and unfriendly vibe. Also we had to ask him to take both our drink and food orders because he didn't come to check on us. Really wish I had a different waiter. The food was very good but maybe I won't come back because of this experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the Mussels
    jaydeejayVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Fresh and delicious PEI Mussels prepared so many different ways! The menu offers mussels prepared primarily steamed in one of many different broths. My husband started with the charred octopus which really was enough for us to share. We both had the mussels provencal, which arrived at the table steaming hot with plenty of bread for the sauce. We also shared an order of flex fries which arrived accompanied by ketchup (I would have preferred aioli in more of the moule frites tradition). Service was good and efficient. The tables are small, but our waiter quickly removed our empty shells as quickly as possible. The only negative is the closeness of the tables where it was difficult to get in and out of the seating.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    Buckskinbelly
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My 10 year old daughter loves mussels so the 2 of us went together. The service was attentive and quick and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flex but not flexible
    goodtimeout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Staff friendly but overworked. Mussels okay. Simple menu. Couldn't enjoy dining in the cramped, noisy, packed, claustrophobic space. Expensive for mussels and left feeling hungry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flex Mussels strikes again!
    AveriMa
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Flex Mussels is easily one of my favorite restaurants. From the food and drinks to decor - everything is impeccable! Great for girls night out, a romantic evening or just an all around good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels Galore
    2outoftowners
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Reliable as always. Good, fresh steamed mussels with a variety of different broths. Great place for after (or before) the movies.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    fantastic restaurant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great mussels !!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food,not service
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've to Flex Mussels a number of times. Food is always super and service almost as good. This tim3, however, the service was very poor. It would not deter me from going again, but I was quite disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service!!
    Gtgt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The mussels are unlike anywhere else but be ready for slow service! Came in early at 6pm and somehow took 20 minutes between every course.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    AlizaEloiseVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our food was perfect! From the first dish to the last. Mussels were hot, fresh, tender!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone was Happy
    HallwayVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I happen to LOVE mussels...so this is a perfect spot for me. But everyone in our party of five left happy. Great mussels, fries, bread, salads, donuts. One hold out had fish & chips and raved about those! We plan to be regulars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very bad reservation service
    ASalv
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    2 complains: I called a couple of hours before my reservation to change from a 2 people to 3 people, I was told that I could change it but we were going to be sited at a table for 2. I decided it leave it for two. Good things because the table was very small, it was hard for two people to eat comfortably. Another complain is that we were told that the tables are available for only 1 1/2 hours which made me feel completely pressured to finish fast and made it hard to enjoy our meal. Overall, I would not come back. Don't get me wrong, the food is great but not worth being treated as if the restaurant is doing you a favor. The reservation service (not the waiter, he was nice, rushed but nice) killed it for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parma is my fav
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    All items on the menu sound amazing, but the Parma is my favourite so far. Not the healthiest option, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shaia17
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my second time going, and it was definitely delicious. However, maybe it was because they were super busy, but i remember the mussel broth having a richer flavor. it wasn't as good as I had remembered the first time, but still worth trying if you've never been.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    foodie513VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The bisque mussels were amazing. I need to go back!! Definitely make reservations. It gets busy in there, especially on the weekends and after 6/7pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Mussels
    Angie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There were so many options for broths. The broth was amazing. However, I was a little disappointed that the mussels were so tiny. Our server was very attentive. Overall, I was satisfied and happy with my food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Mussels!
    Oriedog25
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We discovered Flex Mussels about 3 years ago. We are regulars and we bring friends who love it too. I have never been disappointed in any dish I have tried and the seasonal changes are refreshing and delicious. I just love this place! PS save some room for the doughnuts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An UES Gem
    TommyD
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    You will always have a good experience at Flex Mussels. The food is great, the service is attentive, and don't forget to have a donut for dessert. You will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Joie2vivreVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. We always have a great experience. Food and service are always great. Enjoying trying the interesting beers on draft that change often. The donuts for dessert are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mussels, donuts, yum!
    nycfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Have been to this restaurant several times, and it just keeps getting better and better! The s'mores donut is delicious, and I loved the salted caramel even more (and I usually don't like salted caramel flavored things!). The San Daniele mussels were to die for- the taste was spot on. The service wasn't what I have had in the past, and wish that their wine list offered more by the glass options, rather than $40+ bottles. Otherwise, love this place and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We know we can always come here for great food, fun atmosphere and reliable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a keeper
    fugazi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time I ever ordered mussels as an entree...the fra Diablo mussels were amazing! Service was excellent and just an overall great dining experience. Highly recommended the kale salad, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So delicious
    amp449
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was amazing (including the service). I need to go back again to try more mussel flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Awesome . Was a very good spot. Food was excellent. Mussels were great. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they were right
    Scott
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    recommended a thousand times to me and i see why. sourdough bread and all food was yummy. excellent beers. truffle fries. all good. expect to spend at least $50 per person. energetic, great fun on a weekend night. reservations needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • get the dijon mussels.
    bellaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    the dijon mussels are the best thing i've eaten in a long time!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous mussel!!!
    blues2food
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great menu with multiple mussel choices. We ordered 3 starters to share and each one was tasty and cooked just right. I had the Parma mussels and made satisfying noises with each bite! We sat on the terrace (tiny, but if you're lucky you can sit and stay for hours) as it was a little too cold inside. Had a terrific waiter, attentive with a great sense of humor. Arrived at 5:30 for a late lunch / early dinner and it was perfect timing. there was a waiting line by 6:30. A gem on the upper east side!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceklent waiter
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good meal, delicious, but noisy bar scene, spirited waiter
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • UESCutieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Luckily an outdoor table was available, otherwise we would have left right away. Noise level was oppressive, music too loud for conversation, restaurant packed, even @ 6 pm Friday evening. Very good mussels and fish & chips, interesting beer selection, excellent knowledgeable waitress. Outdoor space very cramped, 4 tables that should have been 2. Glad we tried it, but will probably not return, will leave it to the younger crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome!
    lexmac
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food and ambiance. Love all the different varieties of mussel preparations! One suggestion I had would be to offer a "sampler" of sorts - a platter of 3 or 4 smaller portions of mussels where you could choose several different preparations so that you can taste more than just one. They all looked so good I wanted to try them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great mussels ever. The host who sat us however, was condesending and rude.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.