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
195 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (121)neighborhood gem (97)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
  • Amazing Mussels
    lakeshoredrive
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great variety of flavors of mussels. Wine list is pretty good. Key Lime desert is really sweet, but great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our favorite place in the city!!! Mussels are the best you can find in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Britt
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Flex mussels is consistently on point and I have been obsessed ever since I went last summer for the first time. For every occasion, family member or friend in town, I always go. You don't even need to love mussels to enjoy this restaurant. The salads are amazing, the truffle french fries…may just be the best fries I have ever had, and the donuts…are actually the best donuts I have ever had. But aside from all the extra menu benefits, the actual mussels are phenomenal. Every preparation is better then the next. I have never not loved a pot yet! I am a huge foodie and constantly promote this restaurant on my nyc food blog www.brittsbestbites.blogspot.com and on instagram/twitter/Fb: @brittsbestbites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food - terrific. Place - clean, pretty, nice. Service - excellent. Will most definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strong muscles
    Lorscot
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    In NY with my son for July 4th weekend and heard good things about this place. Nice atmosphere and outstanding muscles. The oysters were also fantastic as an appetizer and the home made donuts for dessert finished off a superb meal. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly amazing
    Munchy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing & the service was truly impeccable. Will be back many, many times without a doubt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    bcamVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th time here and I'm only now getting around to writing a review. One of my favorite places in NYC to eat; a must for mussel lovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good fun, good fun!
    Bsweet
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    You gotta love mussels, but who doesn't? I love the fun atmosphere, and the cocktail list is always great. This place is just yummy! Splurg on the whoopie pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Iworkinthebusiness
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    But thats where it stops too loud poor service will try it again but probably sit outside
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time food issue
    Ellen
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been to Flex Mussels a few times, and always great. But this last time, not enough sauce was in the mussel pots, which seemed a bit skimpy. Fra diavolo sauce too bland and more warm than hot. However, upon our request, they brought more sauce which was tastier and oven hot. My sister's "special" lacked the chorizo it was supposed to have, and provided only 2 clams and 1 shrimp (should have been 2) for $8 more than basic mussels fra diavolo (it was mussels fra divolo with those extra items). Also note: the Happy Hour pricing only applies if you are seated at the bar (it's a good deal if you are one or two people -- $15 for full, regular sized pot of mussels plus an order of fries).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exactly What I Was Expecting
    Tammy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Having read such great reviews online, I decided to go with 2 friends. We were not disappointed. Our meal was outstanding from beginning to end, starting with a great Hostess. The mussels were some of the best I've ever had, order the Thai Mussels - Outstanding! Our server was friendly and efficient and the food came out rather quickly. I didn't have the oysters this time around, but will definitely order next time, they looked so fresh. It was too hot that evening to eat outside, but the space looked great as the restaurant is on a quiet street. Great neighborhood to walk around afterwards. The donuts for dessert topped off a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    glendower
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Delicious food. Better, probably, to go for happy hour. If you do, be sure to eat in the bar. There the mussels are $15 and come with fries. If you sit at a table, the mussels are $20+ and the fries are an extra $6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious casual meal
    queenie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The first thing you notice once you are seated in the dining room is the back photo-- it is dynamic and soothing all at the same time-- just as our meal was. This was out first time here, and it was much better than we were expecting . The oysters we started with were fresh and tasty, and we tried a new type recommended by our knowledgeable waiter. 3 out of 4 of us ordered the mussel pots- all 3 were very tasty and well prepared. And served with crusty French bread one would expect to find in France. The fourth diner had the fish and chips-- the batter on the fish was light and crisp, and the fish itself, very good. And the truffle fries-- delicious. Salad appetizers were also very good. No complaints whatsoever! Would definitely come again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was polite and prompt. The food was flavorful and had a nice twist on a classic dish.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flex Mussels
    Bill
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I found the mussels outstanding. I travel to Belgium regularly and found them comparable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChristineVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was not my first time at Flex and it definitely won't be my last. I am completely obsessed with Flex mussels and every time I go the food is amazing and this time was no different! It's one of my favorite restaurants in the city!!! Our waiter was fantastic and so personable! I love the new drink on the menu, Drunk in Love, it's dangerously delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good But Not Great
    Sarah
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food is good, but leaves something to be desired. Of the entrees, I split the lobster roll and the crab cake with a friend, and while the lobster and crab meat was good, there was really no seasoning or additional flavor to it. I've had much better. The truffle fries were delicious. The portions are also pretty small, as though they're trying to be a nicer establishment than they are. The ambiance is very sterile, and not what I was expecting. While we did have a very late reservation, our waiter disappeared half-way through dinner (I assume his shift was up) and he wasn't replaced for a very long time (and with no explanation)--so we didn't have the opportunity to order another round of drinks, and we were just able to order dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly Good Mussels
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My wife and I dine here from time to time because dinner is always very good. Choosing between 23 preparations of mussels makes for a great dinner that just never gets boring. The fresh oysters to start and the truffle fries rounds out a good meal. Service is very good and professional and the ambiance is fun and energetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great mussels
    Mike
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    You go here for the mussels - they are very good and have many different prep methods. I've eaten here many times but during my most recent visit, found the broth to be very salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Hit
    Eddie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went to Flex after hearing good things about the selection of Mussels. The Mussels were absolutely fresh and sweet and tender and delicious. I had the Parma (truly notable) and my wife had he Dijon ( a bit rich but very, very tasty); there was not a single mussel left over. We started with a Fish Taco which was off the hook and served as a pair, so perfect for sharing. We ended the meal on a high note of 4 deliciously warm and very tasty DONUTS. I never would order donuts in a restaurant but these were truly extraordinary and a perfect sharing dessert. Flex Mussels was a great place to eat and the eating was great. The Maitre Di, the waiter and our bus boy were great at making you feel welcome and well looked after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If You Love Mossels...
    CulinarySnobVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    then this is your spot. Delicious Kale salad, Bread and Butter, Daily Oysters and the Cleopatra Oysters were the best my wife has ever eaten. I had the Lobster Roll which comes with Fries and it was also great. Don't forget the Donuts and a Cap and you'll have a perfect evening. Anyone who complains about the food or service at this place should come back again, as they will not be disappointed. Our sever (John) could not have been nicer or more helpful, 5 Stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    GREAT OUTSTANDING IF YOU LIKE MUSSELS THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    DINO127
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is the premier spot for mussels in NYC, hands down!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent combinations!
    eatsEverything
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The Thai mussels were delicious, but just about every combination on the menu looked fantastic. Make sure to order the donuts for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Flex
    MusselsOrDie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Excellent Mussels as always. Ruined mussels for me at all other restaurants. Tables are packed tight together so you are usually really close to neighboring couples, especially if you are a party of two. Waiter was fine, usually we have had a much friendlier waiter; however, by no means was he rude in any way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and great service
    LizF
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Recently went to Flex and had a GREAT experience. All of the app's and everyone's meals were delicious. I also have to call out my drink -- the Bumblebee... SO GOOD. The service was excellent too -- our waiter was kind and attentive, but not overbearing. Overall an A+ experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    eatwe
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Had a dinner on Friday. We made reservation; after checking in it was probably 5-10 minutes to get sitted, which was fine. The place is small and very busy, but not noisy or uncomfortable. Service was good: very prompt, attentive but unpretentious. Food is very tasty, flavorful and fresh. A lot of intetsting items on the menu. We will be back to try them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mussells and donuts
    EatdrinkrepeatVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We have always come to Flex Mussells for their exceptional oysters, mussells and donuts. However, we thought the service was too slow both from the waiter and food almost everytime we go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 127 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 775 reviews are from the Flex Mussels - 13th Street reviews archive.
  • Great food, mediocre service, $$$$$
    PunNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food, ambience and scene were all top notch. The service was sub-par, particularly from the bar; re-fills on cocktails, wine, even orders of shots took far too long. Also, and my caveat is I go out to dinner 5x week for work&play, the bill was surprisingly expensive.. for the quality/quantity of food, and service/scene one can get elsewhere, I do not see myself dining here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tms1027
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Thai mussels, truffle fries and doughnuts are amazing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Scottishlou
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What an amazingly cool place. The mussels were Devine and I just can't explain how delicious the donuts were. The service was outstanding. If you haven't been then get a table booked
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ls220671
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great food and a good place if you want to go off the touristic path... Would go again or recommend it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Mussels
    cyntsim
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    This was my first time at this location. Mussels are excellent but don't order the kale salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice find left everyone happy...
    rekroywen
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First: the service was great... Attentive, smart, with great humor & patience, it made everything taste that much better. The manager, waiter, even the busboy were models of professional service even on Mothers Day! The oysters were perfect & fresh both raw & fried (I don't think that I've had better of the latter!) It was actually quite wonderful that almost all of the main dishes were mussels, just done in different ways with different ingredients. It might be that having that focus allows for refinement of technique to get it just right. We were all very pleased and will be back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great quick dinner
    fozzybear
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    quick great service, superb cocktail list with unusual combos and delicious food. My husband had a mussels pot and I had the lobster roll. We had oysters to start and everything start to finish was great. NOT to be forgotten- the donuts. worth going just for them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday flexin
    MarSpillari
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Celebrated my best friends birthday at Flex and albeit intimate we had a great time. The server brought out a candle in the round of donuts we ordered! Great service and incredible food. Well worth the co$t
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but Not Special
    Puppy
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had the classic mussels. They were very good, we enjoyed them. The french fries, however, were not so good - overdone, smallish serving, not tasty. Servings at other tables looked much better. We had ordered the regular fries, maybe the Truffle Fries, which our waiter suggested, were better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussels
    SusiqueVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I will continue to go back and introduce people to this find as these are the best mussels ever!!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, Love, Love Flex Mussels!
    wineanddinegirlVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is one of our favorites and never disappoints! Thai mussels, lobster mussels, French mussels - plump, tasty mussels! So yummy! And so is everything else on the menu! And don't leave without an order of fresh, homemade, hand-stuffed donuts for dessert - try the PBJ and definitely the salted caramel! Service, wine list, ambience ... awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Never disappoints! Interesting, flavorful and memorable mussel pot combinations. Always great seasonal beers on draft. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.