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About 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.

5:30-7PM Monday-Friday
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday

174 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Tues - Thurs 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Sunday 5:00-10:00

Cross Street:
Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 717-7772

Website:
http://www.flexmusselsny.com/

Public Transit:
4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street, and M79 and M86 buses to 3rd Avenue.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (3544)
Fit for Foodies (3355)
Hot Spot (1476)
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Good for Groups (981)
Vibrant Bar Scene (819)
Special Occasion (799)
Romantic (630)
Notable Wine List (387)
Late-night Find (258)
Great for Lunch (190)
Kid-friendly (182)
Great for Brunch (96)
Great for Outdoor Dining (95)
Good for a Date (51)
Casual (45)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Fun (41)
Bar Seating (32)
Comfort Food (25)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Authentic (16)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Outstanding Value (11)
Healthy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Scenic View (9)
Spicy (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Very nice service. Tight quarters. Skimpy drinks. Food was very good. Wish they would do a "sampler" of mussels.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Wonderfully delicious wow .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

If you like mussels, you can't go wrong here. They prepare mussels many different ways and it's fun to share so you can sample some of the varieties. If anyone in your party does not eat mussels, or fish for that matter, they have a delicious chicken entree. Service is always spot on and the tab is reasonable for NYC. The homemade donuts are a must - several different fillings to choose from accompanied by a delicious dipping sauce. Flex is one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

First time dining at Flex. Enjoyed from beginning to end.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great service. Great seafood.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We always order the Bombay Mussels, and truffle fries. The mussels were particularly delicious. I only order them there because they are always so fresh.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Great waiter, very good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Everything was great. The staff was so kind and helpful. They have us their recommendations and checked on our table throughout the night. I was very impressed with both the food and the service. I would highly recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Flex Mussels was a great place for date night. The atmosphere is lively and loud so it forced me and my husband to really focus on our own conversation-- great listening exercise! The food was the star. We ordered oysters for our app, and they were fresh and briny and $1 each (during our Happy Hour visit). We also enjoyed two other apps: the flex fries and a fried platter that included oysters, shrimp, and calamari-- so good. The mussels, however, were our least favorite. We got the Dijon mussels and they were just ok--perhaps we should have tried a different preparation and the mussels were small. We didn't hate it, but we certainly enjoyed our apps much more.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Sooo delicious. A bit pricey and very loud but so good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Sat us next to the kitchen with my chair in the doorway to the kitchen
There isn't a door closing the kitchen off ~
so I listened to smashing dishes and off the chart noise for the entire dinner.
The manager couldn't care less. Said everyone has reservations (as did we) and walked away.

Waitress was sweet and excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Love it. The waiter we had was a little pushy but overall it was a great experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Better if you like mussels (but great alternatives), if you do and never experienced mussels in a Thai recipe or mussels with San Daniele prosciutto, then you should go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

The best mussels around...and leave room for the donuts...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great but super expensive! Worth it though! Three us of had 3 moules pot, just one app, fries and one beer bill 200 dollars!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

I have looked forward to a meal at Flex for a long time. Sadly, my husband doesn't like mussels, so I thought brunch was our best option. That said, I can't speak to their dinner service.

Brunch cost us $91 for one drink each, one shared app, and one entree each. Incredibly expensive considering. First, my $10 Bellini didn't even fill half the glass. For that price, I should have opted for the hour long, $25 bottomless. For almost half that price, I got almost half a drink. The avo toast was good, so I was at least optimistic for the entrees.

My husband ordered the huevos rancheros, which just tasted so smokey, he barely ate it. I tried it and spit out the sausage. It was like chewing on propane. I ordered the classic mussels, which I looked forward to, but was disappointed in. The broth was very watery and had little flavor. It lacked salt or any seasoning that would make a pot of mussels enjoyable enough to sop up with bread. My only guess was that because they serve so many mussels regularly, quality control is not existent. Sorry to sound harsh, but I was literally dipping bread in what tasted like water.

So, for $91, I was completely jarred. For that price, I will unfortunately not be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Fresh mussels flown in daily from PEI -- great wines by the glass, delightful and helpful staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

The downtown outpost was booked so took the trip uptown. Took some out-of-towners and they were impressed. Food came out at the right times and downright t.a.s.t.y. Way to flex your mussels! Thanks for a great evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Nice neighborhood place for a fun, hearty, delicious meal

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

The mussels and cocktails were delicious!! I would definitely go again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Love the food:mussels!
We tried different plates and were all happy, great taste. Not a fancy plce, but nice.
Good service.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Such a fun atmosphere and great fish! We loved the servers and menu options too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Best fresh doughnuts ever, hot from the fryer and a great dipping sauce. Choice of different fillings. Oh the mussels choices are limited to ONLY 23, 23 being the daily special. Don't worry there is something for the land lovers. Don't forget the fries!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2017

This is the second time I have been here.
Main draw are the mussels with the creative sauces.
The wines are good but they pour a very small amount for $15 per glass.
Nice service but the mussels are not juicy or big, I have had better quality mussels elsewhere,
but not such good sauces.
We were going to the 92nd Street Y and this was a OK choice for where we were going.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Amazing brunch! After hearing great things, finally decided to try this place and will be back. Had the baked eggs and asked them to do it with egg whites, they accommodated. Enormous portions, really tasty food. Get the truffle fries!! Only weird thing was they brought 2 orders of fries when we ordered one, and we tried to tell the person who brought them but he didn't understand, and came back and took the fries away....after a few minutes and we had eaten them...hope they didn't go to another table!! Mussels were great too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Mussels are always excellent! My faves are the Parma
& Thai (miss the Southern preparation). Also great oysters! Save room for donuts, they are to DIE FOR!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

I arrived for an early dinner (6:15 for a 6:30 reservation). The bar area was packed, mostly with people eating. It is a small bar area with so little room to walk through that i knocked someone's coat off their chair.

Note, there is no coat check and this place is too small for that.

The main dining room was 3/4 empty, as would be expected at that time.

Two of three of us were there, third was coming and, yup, we had to wait until the third showed up in the overcrowded bar. Are you kidding me?

The meal was very good. Two had mussels, one had lobster roll. Wine was reasonably priced. Our server was fabulous and I left a 28% tip because of that.

I probably won't go back, however, because of the nonsense at the door. Why on earth would they need to keep me standing, actually shuffled around in the bar to let people pass by. As it happens, our third showed up on time. Too bad so much effort went into managing this place to have great service in the dining area and it was wasted because of the lazy, customer-unfriendly policy of making you wait in the ridiculous bar for the rest of your party.

I'm so sorry this will never be a go-to restaurant. It could have been, but I wouldn't want to subject a guest to this.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Solid and consistently good. If you don't like mussels, however, your choices are a bit limited. If you do or want to try, this is your place. Lots of creative options, all delicious. Service and wait staff is professional and efficient. It is a bit cramped, though, so don't expect much quiet conversation. You'll be eating anyway, so that shouldn't matter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Delicious as always! My favorite mussels dish is the Parma, although I've tried several others and they are great. Be sure to try the truffle fries. Great service too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2017

What a great place that should expand throughout the metro area including the suburbs.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was good but they forgot one of our appetizers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

One of my favorite places which again came through. Had another great meal with large portions of delicious mussels in yummy sauces.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

very nice seafood option, I would love to check the very good value of their happy hour.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Often dine here-superb cuisine if you like mussels

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2016

We had a great meal at Flex Mussels. It's amazing to see how many ways they can serve mussels in this restaurant. Would definitely be back soon!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2016

I've been here multiple times. And I'm not the kind of person that goes back to the same restaurant, especially in NYC, where there are so many great spots to explore. This is one of my favs! I love the energy. My favorite is sitting at the bar. Great happy hour.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The mussels were terrific and the service was very good

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Always guaranteed a solid experience here. I'm not sure, but I feel like when they recently changed up the menu, we lost some recipes but didn't gain any in the transition. Maybe I'm wrong, but I honestly can't recall. I'm 100% sure prices jump $2-3 a plate though... At any rate, still a quality neighborhood joint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We order some oysters and a bucket of classic mussels. They were all fresh and tasty!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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