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“An absolutely perfect evening” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Flex Mussels - 13th Street

Flex Mussels - 13th Street
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Ranked #739 of 13,488 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: 6th and 7th Ave.
Transit: Take F, M, 2, 3 TO 14th Street and 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square.
Description: Flex directly imports the hightes quality Prince Edward Mussels, and we serve oysters that taste like you're kissing the sea! Happy Hour 7 nights a week-bar and counter only $25 gets you 2 pots of selected mussel flavors, 2 orders of fries and a choice of select glass of wine or tap beer
Phoenix AZ
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“An absolutely perfect evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Every once in awhile everything comes together perfectly to create a magical dinner. That was our experience at Flex Mussels.

The decor is cool but comfortable. Very modern but in a warm and inviting way. It was a beautiful evening so we elected to sit on the small patio out front. The neighborhood is just what a visitor like me envisions a cool New York neighborhood to be. Great people watching with plenty of interesting characters passing by, a few even stopping to chat.

The raw bar is updated daily with the freshest seafood and the selection. We started with a half dozen oysters that our waiter recommended and they were amazing. They had a great beer list with lots of craft brews. We both had an apricot wheat beer that really paired well with the seafood. Obviously the main focus here is mussels and they offer 23 different preparations. The serving size is a pound and a quarter which we found to be just right. My girlfriend had the thai style with lemongrass, coconut milk and thai basil. The flavor was so bright and so fresh but didn't overpower the fresh, delicious mussels. I opted for the number 23, it's the daily special. For our visit it was double smoked bacon with garlic, shallots, and green beans, in a white wine and cream sauce. Wow!!! Not only did I eat every mussel, I used the crusty bread to sop up that amazing sauce.

Save room for dessert as they offer these house made donuts. Fried balls of donut dough filled with your choice of delicious goodness. We went with salted caramel, meyer lemon and raspberry. Holy cow!

Everything about this place was well done. Décor, gorgeous. Service, attentive, friendly and professional. Food, as Guy would say "off the hook". Combine that with perfect weather and perfect company and this was really a night to remember. Highlight of our NYC. weekend!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“ok only. disappointing.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

The atmosphere and decor were nice. The service, while well-intentioned, was rather amateurish/inexperienced.
Food was acceptable, not as good as one might expect from a specialized restaurant with lots of hype.
I asked what the difference was between white and orange mussels. One would think that someone in a mussels restaurant would have the answer. No one knew. (I subsequently learned that the females have orange or pink meat and the males are white)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Always delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Favorite mussels: Parma, San Daniele, South Pacific
Favorite app: West coast oysters are always delicious
Favorite salad: Iceberg wedge
Favorite donut: Salted carmel, Rasberry
Love to get extra bread to dip in the mussel sauce - no need for french fries but those are always delicious too.
Great wine list and excellent service!

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Flexing their Culinary Genius”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Seriously, one of my favorite restaurants in the City. I'm partial to the 13th Street location but both have never disappointed. If you love mussels or have yet to experience these succulent crustaceans, your life will not be complete without a visit to Flex Mussels. The flavors are all distinct and delicious and I have yet to come across one that I didn't thoroughly enjoy (although the Mexican was my least favorite - I'm partial to the whole steam pot used as serving dish). My go to flavor is the San Daniel with its creamy garlic and prosciutto combo, you can't go wrong. Don't forget to try their handmade donuts for desert. I usually enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine for desert but tried these on the recomendation of a friend and my life hasn't been the same since. The Salted caramel donut with vanilla bean dipping sauce ties the perfect bow on what may be my favorite meal in NYC.

Visited October 2013
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“Fine for what it is”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Good oysters, good imaginative mussel dishes, decent but not great service (though couples over the age of forty will be sat in the back far from view), good wine list. Overpriced but not a total scam a la Babbo.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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