Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

4.7
2374 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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CN
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably our 5th time here and as always. Everything is amazing.

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AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come all the time and like usual it was amazing. It was our mom’s birthday and the waitress was wonderful. The food was outstanding and my mom really enjoyed her food! It was our first time for brunch and I want to come back to try some things on that brunch menu!

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent. Always great food complemented by great service.

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SJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious, but they forgot one of the appetizers which was disappointing.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!!! From the apps to the mains!!

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F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flex Mussels is an awesome restaurant for mussels. Mussels were fresh, creamy and large. Service is always outstanding. Would definitely recommend.

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t
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The mussels were good. We had two different types are both were very good. The beet salad was good but needed more beets and more goat cheese. The cappuccino was very good

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F
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

More variety of delicious mussels than anywhere! Skip the appetizers as yummy as they are - mussels portions are quite large. Very nicely crafted cocktails. Packed-in tables and uncomfortable chairs insure rapid table turnover. Try eating at the bar. Reservations a must.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fabulous, the wait staff are very nice and the service is great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. The waiter could have been more helpful when I was asking questions regarding the gluten and dairy free options instead of simply brushing me off and saying yeah yeah I think it is. Not acceptable.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a pleasurable meeting/dining experience

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a reservation for 3 at 7:30. All of us were there at 7:40. The hostess said it would be a few minutes. We waited patiently as several other customers were seated. After a few more minutes, we saw a few more customers leave and asked for an update on our table. The hostess said something about the customers at our table were slow. By 8:05 we saw at least 8 people leave and no one still called us to be seated. I was now angry and went to the desk. The hostess again said she'd check, a manager (I suspect) heard my frustration, intervened and seated us immediately. As we walked in there were at least three empty 4 person tables. Infuriating!

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CN
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This place is always great but not today for brunch. Service was slow and not on point, food was bad. We both asked for the options that involved toast, and in both cases it was so hard that it made it almost impossible to chew / break or eat. Too toasted or wrong bread type used for an avocado toast and for the lobster toast as well. Even the heavenly truffle fries were dry

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food is pretty good. Unfortunately it gets one star as the hostess staff always leaves us waiting for a table. Last time they had canceled our reservation after it was confirmed. This time we waited for a table for 15 minutes and then We’re shown one next to the kitchen in the traffic zone. Hostesses not solicitous. Considering there are so many nice places to dine, this is off my list.

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e
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a magnificent dinner. Not only were the mussels fantastic in four different varieties for the four of us but the ambience was perfect for a New England mussel or oyster house. This is one of my new favorite restaurants. I’ll go back every time I’m in New York

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PP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect meal for a cold day! Nice change of pace. Loved the decor. Will definitely go again!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little bummed about happy hour. We made reservations and thought we were getting happy hour prices but happy hour is only in the bar. Felt a little tricked. But everything was yummy.

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CN
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is ALWAYS fantastic! waiters are awesome, food is superb, the wine is also pretty good in value and quality and ambiance is energetic. Great spot for everyday dining

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

Great food

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was with a friend who is Belgian and got the classic mussels with onions and white wine. The mussels were big, juicy and tasty, and the broth was delicious.

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UW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

alway a fun time, solid food, enjoy returning, good service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was late and cold
Done here

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j
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service, was excellent. If you like mussels, oysters and a great variety of sauces to choose from you can't beat flex mussels. We sat outside, only four tables but acceptable. Small bar but everything felt cozy, not cramped. Check it out when you uptown.

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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
3 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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OT
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
19 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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