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Flex Mussels

154 W. 13th St. , New York, NY 10012 40.737401 -73.999687
nr. Seventh Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-229-0222 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-11:00pm; Fri, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sat, 5:00pm-11:30pm; Sun, 5:00pm-10:00pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; 1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; F, M at 14th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Great Desserts
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar




Building on the success of their uptown location, owners Bobby and Laura Shapiro opened the West Village outpost Flex Mussels on the first floor of a stately brownstone. The menu offers the same 23 excellent and seasonally changing variations on moules frites as well as a smattering of tasty if somewhat puny seafood dishes. Pounds of chef Michael Sullivan's meaty P.E.I.’s can be savored with simple, white-wine-based broths or with more distinctive concoctions: There’s a tangy parmigiano-cream-based skillet accented with Meyer lemon and cubes of salty prosciutto as well as a vibrant Thai-influenced curry sauce. Raw oysters, like brilliant Maine-hailing Pemaquids, are served alongside the mussels. Top Chef: Just Desserts finalist Zac Young displays evil genius on the dessert menu. He deep-fries whoopie pies—soft, warm grenades of black chocolate cake harboring a thick cream cheese middle—and then bombs the plates with sugar glitter. The airy space is an urbane ode to the coastal villages of the northern Atlantic. Wavy backlit walls and a room-spanning marshy mural hint at sun-drenched New England beaches without spilling over into under-the-sea kitsch. It’s a little like taking your date on a picnic in Halifax without going north of 14th Street.

Recommended Dishes

Parma mussels, $22.50; Thai mussels, $21.50; whoopie pie, $9.50