Flex Mussels

Flex Mussels

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
158 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • donuts
  • french fries
  • lively
  • good for dates
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  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundFebruary 11
    Flex Mussels, an import to NYC from PEI (that’s Prince Edward Island in Canada, where the good mussels are from), has some of the best mussels in the city. For dinner or Sunday brunch, get a bucket
  • Paige C.
    Paige CFebruary 11, 2015
    Did you say donuts? Offering several different filling flavors, you have the ability to choose what your donuts (4 or 8) will have inside! Very impressed by the selection and they tasted amazing!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJanuary 17
    Great offering of mussels and perfect fries. However very under rated brunch, the savory donuts are fantastic and every brunch entree comes with a brunch cocktail!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CFebruary 11, 2015
    We have been wanting to try Flex Mussels for months and are kicking ourselves that we waiting this long! So many varieties of mussels it was impossible to choose just 1! Order Maine and add fries!
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellMarch 22, 2015
    Good wine list/cocktails menu. Recommend sharing a few different pots to sample different flavors. The Parma is insane. Skip the apps and instead save room for truffle fries and doughnuts!
  • Mariah B.
    Mariah BoydMarch 20, 2013
    the South Pacific is a perfect way to get the Thai flavor and still have a white wine base. Lobster roll, truffle fries and donuts are a must. Choco and meyer lemon donuts are tops.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DublerOctober 6, 2013
    Never thought mussels can taste so good. Parma mussels was my favorite. You feel like your in the hamptons when your at this place. Server was attentive and friendly. Can't wait to go back.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkNovember 17, 2015
    Mussels and Beer, comes with the fries as well, are enjoyable during the happy hour at a good price. Find a spot in the bar section.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PetersDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bombay is one of the best mussel dishes I've had at a seafood restaurant. If you're looking to try something new, I highly recommend. Salted caramel donuts are also a must.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupFebruary 22, 2011
    If you love mussels, this is your place, especially when it’s $20 for all you can eat mussels during happy hour. We like the Fra Diavolo or The Mexican.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 28, 2011
    A seafood lovers heaven, Flex makes the N-Siders list for the most amazing mussels in NYC! We suggest trying Thai, Bombay, Provencal & South Pacific pot! Save room for the salted caramel doughnut!
  • Josh A.
    Josh ArcusJanuary 1, 2013
    Was apprehensive because mussels are a lot of work & not always big portions. Absolutely not the case. Great, numerous flavor selections. Very filling. Truffle fries, donuts, kale salad, and mussels.
  • Brittany G.
    Everything starting with the drinks are absolutely amazing! The Thai mussels have so much flavor and are absolutely incredible
  • dean c.
    dean cJuly 12, 2013
    The Parma mussels are so incredibly good. Who ever said cheese and seafood don't mix? Heavy. Will not be able to have desert. The Italiano are great as well. Service is spot on.
  • J.T. T.
    J.T. TrollmanMarch 25, 2013
    Not only are the mussels amazing, but the desserts are to die for.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WrightFebruary 2, 2011
    The Thai mussels are fantastic as is their often changing beer list. The calamari appetizer is huge for two and to top it all off they apparently have a secret menu item of booze filled doughnuts.
  • Joo R.
    Joo RoMay 25, 2013
    Go mussels. And don't forget to get flex donuts for dessert. Salted caramel donut is to die for. You're welcome.
  • Arnab M.
    Arnab MukherjeeJanuary 13, 2013
    The Bombay mussels are fantastic!!!! The doughnuts are a popular dessert. OpenTable messes up reservations so make sure you call and confirm a day in advance.
  • Russell H.
    Nice dining room, clamstrips were 99% breading, thai and dijon mussels were great, overall pretty expensive. B. Cafe laksa mussels are better, less expensive and come with fries.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorFebruary 15, 2015
    Nothing more nourishing than a giant pot of mussels. Avoid the complex offerings and spring for the classic white wine mussel meal. Great doughnut dessert course too.
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle FastenbergSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably top 5 fave restaurants for me! Mussels 25 different ways. Definitely need to be a seafood lover, which I am! Great wine too:)
  • Ted S.
    Ted ScofieldJune 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Flex Mussels is one of the best restaurants in New York, much less on the UES. From the Éphémère beer to the many varieties of mussels to the incredible lobster roll, Flex Mussels never disappoints ( Read more
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiJanuary 2
    The Mexican mussels has just the perfect level of spiciness to leave your mouth with a tingle. Don't miss the beignets also.
  • Sophie P.
    Sophie ParksApril 4, 2015
    Mussels & truffle fries. Experiment with the pots that have a cream based sauce... Might sound weird, but they're amazing to the last bite!
  • Yiwa W.
    Yiwa WangOctober 4
    Such a good neighborhood staple. Consistent and delicious. Surprisingly awesome brunch!! Get the stuffer bagel donuts- crazy crazy good
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour special sounds awesome (!) but it ends so early (6:30pm). Really enjoyed the Parm mussels- highly recommend them!
  • Kristi
    KristiFebruary 23, 2013
    Amazing restaurant! The Bisque, Maine, and Fra Diavolo are all very very good! Salted caramel doughnuts for dessert are a must!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJuly 22, 2013
    Lobster bisque mussels were out of this world. Drank the broth like a soup at the end!!!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel Wang PangNovember 10, 2015
    What can I say, big bucket of mussels, they got different options of how u would like it cooked, overall a nice place in NYC
  • Jill F.
    Jill FutterMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Reserve a table. Arrive early, grab the tasty Canadian brew on tap or the fruity sauv blanc. Chat up friendly staff. Order Old Bay fries with any of the 23 mussel recipes. Down the broth wholesale.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrippenJune 20, 2013
    The truffle fries are amazing! As is pretty much anything you could order on the menu. Also, delirium tremens on tap.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GuminaAugust 19, 2013
    Amazing service! The "fungi" mussels have bacon and mushrooms! Don't forget a salted caramel donut for desert!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 9, 2011
    When at a restaurant with mussels in the name, it should be obvious what to order. The real prize however are the truffle fries.
  • Yanique
    YaniqueAugust 28, 2014
    The seafood is orgasmic,enough said! Make your reservations early though to ensure you get a decent seat.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HardeeFebruary 15, 2014
    Thai mussels are amazing if you like curry coconut flavors. Best mussels I've ever had!
  • Santia P.
    Santia PellicciaSeptember 20, 2013
    Yummy... Go with the Thai mussels.. You won't be disappointed! They even packed the broth up for me to bring home.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerSeptember 30, 2010
    “The name, though reminiscent of a Tarzan boast, is apt: Flex Mussels forgoes European and American tradition and puts the mussel on steroids.” Read more
  • Jacqueline X.
    Jacqueline XuFebruary 11, 2013
    Awesome French onion mussels and lobster Mac and cheese. Truffle fries is ok though. Great staff.
  • Magdolen K.
    Magdolen KellelJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Parma mussels!! And don't forget to have the salted caramel donuts for dessert!!
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    When you can't finish a pot of mussels, order the lobster roll. It's good.
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie D.November 13, 2013
    I used to not like mussels until I came here - Flex has made me a convert! The Parma and Thai mussels are unreal.
  • Janice K.
    don't forget about their brunch!! the messiest sandwich ever was exactly how it sounds and delicious
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 10, 2013
    A mussel-centric menu that has some great desserts as well.
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie CollensOctober 6, 2013
    Incredible! Only problem is the chairs. You slide right out!
  • jenn l.
    jenn laroccoMay 8, 2010
    From the fresh french fries to the pots of mussels (try the bisque or the fungi) this place is amazing! And you cannot leave with out trying the donuts
  • Brian E.
    Brian EricksonJanuary 3, 2015
    Really enjoyed the curry broth it was so good. Satisfies my craving for Indian food while my wife can have italian.
  • Emma
    EmmaJanuary 11
    Mussels were too cooked but the sauce was excellent (I had the classic one), fries are crunchy and tasty.
  • Val W.
    Val WollochJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go in through the back door on East 50th Street instead of through the front on Rockerfeller Plaza on busy days.
  • Aneesh S.
    Aneesh SehmbiJanuary 30, 2011
    Ask for the boozy donuts. They're not on the menu, but they're an alcoholic donut. Tonight's special is a White russian!
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneMay 29, 2011
    The Maine mussels are a must; steamed mussels in a creamy broth with parsley, bacon, and lobster. Fries are ok.
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