Flex Mussels

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Flex Mussels
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Flex Mussels
From Canada’s Prince Edward Island comes a restaurant devoted to the region’s most famous food, mussels.


Venue name: Flex Mussels
Address: 174 E 82nd St
New York

Cross street: between Lexington and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V
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When a restaurant's name includes the name of a food, you better expect that dish to be stellar. Flex Mussels does not disappoint on this front.

The menu is divided in 2: "Mussels" and "Not Mussels". Although the mussels are technically an entree, we ordered them for the table. And they were the highlight of the meal (unsurprisingly). If the restaurant ever decided to bottle up the sauce at the bottom of the mussel pan and sell it, I would buy that stuff and drink it like Gatorade. The best part of eating mussels is soaking your bread in all the delicious juices at the bottom. So make sure you keep your waiter busy with bread refills.

I will say though, that our mains were not up to par with the aforementioned mussels. I ordered the salmon, which came atop a tasty pea puree, but the fish itself was pretty dry and overcooked. The fish and chips that my friend ordered were solid, but that's a given. And their oyster selection is pretty impressive.

Overall, order the mussels, and bring an empty bottle for the restaurant to fill up on your way out. 

A must go-to for anyone who loves seafood. You won't leave hungry or disappointed.

One of my favorite restaurants in the UES and a must try for all seafood lovers.  Don't miss out on the fresh oysters and famous donuts for dessert!


A fun seafood option in the UES, though there are different locations around the city. I heard that the happy hour deal has changed since I last went, but they do have a special which is always nice. They have a ton of mussel options with fries, as well as other seafood and non-seafood options for those who don't care for mussels. Can be a little pricey, but worth a visit!