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

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

  • 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: 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
220 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (139)neighborhood gem (125)hot spot (60)good for groups (45)romantic (39)special occasion (37)vibrant bar scene (26)great for lunch (18)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • THE place for mussels!
    lark
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    All the mussel dishes are great. The mussels are always fresh and cooked to perfection. This time we had one order of mussels and one of fish and chips. Even the fish and chips were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a lively atmosphere
    jonack
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was fantastic and the bar and restaurant were crowded giving it a fun, energetic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Flex
    FoodieKJ
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Flex Mussels on 82nd is one of my favorite restaurants. I've been dining here for years and have never once been disappointed. The mussels are always fresh and plump, and the oysters are a consistently fantastic as well. The restaurant typically has 4-6 oyster varieties to choose from depending on the season, which I appreciate. There is a variety of mussel pots on the menu and they are not snobby about playing with the menu. They offer a different special pot daily, called the "Number 23" and if you want to add calamari or hold the garlic etc., they're very accommodating. In fact, many of the staff have been there for years and it's a very warm, welcoming vibe. They have me convinced they love what they do and that makes it even more fun to visit. You absolutely need a reservation for the main dining area - even on the weeknights it's a full house. If you can't get a reservation or decide to try it on a whim, the entry of the restaurant has a bar and long counter dining area where walk-ins are welcome to enjoy the full menu. Be prepared though - often there is line for this too. This is not to say that it's inaccessible, but as with many popular restaurants in NYC, if it's important for you to have a table at a certain time on a certain day, plan for it. Last but not least...try the donuts. Just trust me on this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Flex Mussels. I loved the Portuguese and San Daniele. The donuts were great but I thought they were a little dry. Otherwise it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be awesome
    AwesomenessVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I haven't been to Flex in sometime. Used to go once a week, it was a favorite. Food is definitely not the same mussel broths were watered down, greasy and salty. I won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Babs
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I heard about this place from a friend, and had to try it as my boyfriend loves mussels. Really enjoyed it, but glad we went early (after a movie) as I can see it would get very noisy when there's a big crowd. The food was really good, and the wait staff very attentive and friendly. I had a lobster roll which was the best I've had in NY--(but not up to par with any in Maine!)--although it was on the small side. The mussels were wonderful! I would definitely recommend this place for its specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!
    FOODIE4LIFE
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Love Flex Mussels! Food is always incredible and so is the service. Our waitress was so helpful and sweet. This was my first time trying the oysters. We had them to start- and they were FANTASTIC! I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends! Can't wait to go back and try more things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great speciality food
    HudsonView
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This gem started in Prince Edward Island, where the best mussels are raised in clean ocean waters. Because their menu is restricted to mussels and a few other fish and shellfish dishes, they know just how to prepare everything on the menu and you can be sure it will always be fresh and succulent as well as perfectly cooked. Oh and in addition to fries, they do vegetables beautifully. The scene is happy and clamorous as the evening goes on, so come early if you want to eat in quiet. The ambience is friendly and informal. There's a lively bar inthe front area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT GREAT MUSSELS
    milsonb
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Went here expecting great mussels; they were tasty but not as tasty as they would have been had they been twice as large and twice as plump. Suggest Flex looks at their supplier and gets better quality produce. Their thin mussels compare poorly with other restaurants. Service fine; unnecessarily noisy. Wine good but expensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels
    Cece
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food was Fab! Loved the many different variations of mussels. Wedge salad yummy. Service great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    GoodFood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The mussels were fantastic, and the Whoopie Pie dessert was amazing. Overall, a little pricey for mussels, and the service was impersonal. But the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jeeco
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    very well prepared and tons of options. the mediteranium dish was great. And the fresh donuts are additive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great dinner, everything was just perfect. I have not been to this place for 3 years, but they have not changed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArnieFromEnglewood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Silly name for seriously good, imaginative restaurant. Four people eating four different mussel dishes had trouble deciding which was best because each thought their's was the best. Sauces were so good that what remained was taken home and poured on top of pasta. Entree dishes are priced just right. Have informed my foodie friends, all New Jersey people of a certain age to make certain they check out this gem. It's a small tight setting as are the tables and chairs. But comfortable enough for wider bodies. We thought the wine was a bit pricey. But we came for mussels and were wowed but the dishes. Service was attentive and very helpful, no pressure and smiling faces. Really neat place. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moules frites lovers rejoice!
    Lulu
    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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I love Flex Mussels. It is just so good every time. The mussels that they serve are good quality - there was only 1 mussel in each pot that was closed and that is good considering I've been to many places where a lot of the mussels are closed. The Parma, the Fra Diavolo and to my surprise the Indian one were all amazing with truffle fries. I need to go here more often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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