Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

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2351 reviews
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Seafood
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.

5:30-7PM Monday-Friday
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday
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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun happy hour! Great deals on mussels + fries. The oysters were super fresh, and fried clam strips also a standout. I wouldn't order the classic mussels again as they didn't have enough flavor, but the fra diavolo sauce was delicious. Will be back for more happy hours.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and table service were excellent! However, there was a problem with my reservation in the computer system and the hostess was incredibly rude in handling the situation. I feel as though I was put in an uncomfortable position in front of my family members, and the hostess was unprofessional discourteous in resolving the matter. I hope she is able to handle a situation like mine more professionally in the future. Otherwise, my dining experience was wonderful!

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service and the doughnuts were fun and yummy!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rebecca was outstanding. Very friendly and always smiling.
I bought a friend who had not eaten oysters in almost 29 years and he could not get enough of the Tottenham Virginica oysters! So good. The mussels are always delicious and dessert donuts to die for. I cannot wait to return. Good happy hours drinks too!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Had not been for a couple of years because of a previous bad service experience, and this time it was even worse. Their manager and the woman at the front were completely unprofessional and clueless about being (even minimally) tactful.
We had a reservation for two, one person arrived early, one person arrived 5'-10' ahead of the reservation time. They would not sit the first person alone, and they gave us the worst possible table (smallest, crammed in a corner, practically touching the two tables on each side) when (a) there were plenty of other tables open, (b) a couple who arrived after we did was seated at a four-person table (though they were only 2), (c) literally while we were being seated, another couple got seated at another open 4-person table with the 'excuse' that they would be 3 (they arrived well after we did and, even though they were only 2 people at the time, they were seating them: they had explicitly refused to seat the first person in our party when she arrived). The manager, a Russian (or Eastern European lady whose name and card I have), was downright rude ("Leave, if you don't like it!") and, when we decided to seat at the bar instead, she started dancing in an almost exhibitionist manner only a couple of feet away from us (as if flaunting her "power"). As one would expect, the couple that were supposed to be 3 people remained a couple for the entire night (a third person never materialized) and, to make matters worse, two gentlemen who were at the bar waiting for a table (did not have a reservation) were seated at the open 4-person table we had suggested.
As for the rest, the person at the bar was friendly (though he could not bring any bread until we ordered mussels), the mussels were OK, and the fries were soggy and cooked many hours before.
I do not have the time or inclination for reviews but this experience was sufficiently bad that it warrants some publicity.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Flex!

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Posto davvero incredibile. Ottimo vino, ottimo cibo, ottimo servizio. Da tornare presto.

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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The raw oysters were to die for. My friend and I just had three apiece as an appetizer, but I was wishing we had more as a main dish. I'm looking for a reason to return.

Susan

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. We had a baby with a stroller and the hostess waa helpful in getting us a table with room for the stroller.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect good staff efficient

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and great atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I frequent this location often. Jack is amazing! Always a pleasure and amazing food.

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PP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was very slow being served. Other than that it was all very good.

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have bene going to Flex for a while and I have not had a bad meal. Great place for date night!

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j
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you love mussels, this is the place to go. Fabulous! Good oysters too! Have been there many times and it never disappoints.

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, just the noisyness was a bit annoying. But the food, service and Ambiente were really good!

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still an excellent option for great food on UES. Mussels were succulent and flavored to perfection.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wilty fries. New batch delivered when we were finishing the meal. And then still added to the bill. We typically love Flex but that was poor form.

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b
Greensboro
32 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The mussel classics style ($24) were delicious! We had a selection of east coast oysters that were very fresh. Well worth the cab ride.
They don’t have WiFi so be aware. I planned a quick FaceTime event with my grandchildren and missed it because they wouldn’t share the WIFI😫 even after I explained.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The amount of mussels was not enough- the bowl was 1/3 filled. The cost for 1/3 of a bowl was not a good value. Very over priced and I felt like I was fleeced.
The food is very good and service was good; but over priced. Won’t be going back.

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LB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and overall experience. I could kick myself - I live nearby and avoided this restaurant because I don’t love mussels. But there are plenty of options and my guests went ga-ga over their mussels. We shared yummy guacamole with crab meat. And the fish and chips could rival an authentic English pub. And the drinks were A++. Next time, I’m going to go for the happy hour served in the bar. A pretty decent value and many good options from the menu included.

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P
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Neighborhood restaurant with great mussels, seafood & lively scene. Always busy & friendly staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from Florida, my girlfriend had been here before so she wanted to take me. So happy she did! The food was so delicious and fresh! Next time I’m back in New York definitely stopping by again

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HC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Apps and mussels can be shared by two. We loved the burnt fingers app. Fried perfectly. Not greasy. Had fungi mussels and we're delighted to see it laden with ingredients. Had no room for donuts but they looked amazing. Will be back!!

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F
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!!!

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TD
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for a while now, and it never fails. Excellent variety of mussels and sauces to choose from. Also, you need to try their fish tacos and definitely leave room for their donuts. Absolutely delicious.

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FE
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a great evening- great food, great service, great ambience.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing, great service- aside from one of the hostesses who was a bit rude/short with us because our entire party wasn't on time.

The blonde one was very nice though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Birthday dinner.

We had a baby in a stroller and were not able to get a table with space for the stroller. I forgot to mention in the reservation that we had a stroller, but they didn’t do much to accommodate it. It

Yadira

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was absolutely amazing. I will definitely come back

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and menu is incredible but the staff is a bit rude and the seating is quite crowded

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best restaurants in the UES. Ambiance, food, seevice are excellent. Would go there for any occasion

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P
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The tables are so tight and the music so loud it was hard to really enjoy the delicious meal

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food and service were all phenomenal. You don't feel like you're on the Upper East Side although I brought my kids and they fit right in. Highly recommend if you like Mussels and seafood.

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HH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great service. Staff very friendly 👌🏼

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great mussels!

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SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love dining at Flex Mussels, hands down one of my favorite restaurants in NYC!

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B
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mussels prepared in multiple ways are great. Speciality doughnuts are amazing.

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UW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place so different nice change wish they had an UWS location

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TB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food fantastic as always. Actually did a 1st and took 6 amazing doughnuts to go. Only like our 8th time dining at Flex lol. A neighborhood gem. Can’t wait til we get another break from reality to eat at Flex again Cheers!!!!

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