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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Flex Mussels, New York City

This is a restaurant that celebrates the bivalve.  There are literally dozens of variations on the theme of mussels steamed and served with a broth.  Some of them are cream based and some of them are not, but they all feature the PEI mussel and the five varieties that I tried on a recent trip to Manhattan were all delicious.  The menu does feature some non-mussel dishes, but why go to a mussel place and not try mussels?  If our experience was any indication, you really can't go wrong with them.  The mussels are small to medium size, so if you are not into the larger versions, have no fear, you will be happy here.

We did have two of the salads, both of which were delicious, and an appetizer of fried calamari, oysters, and shrimp that demonstrated good frying skills as well as fresh ingredients.  The noise level was above average, but that was the only down side.  The meal was fantastic, complete with lots of crusty bread to mop up the broth underneath the bed of shellfish.   The service was attentive and casual, and it was just a lot of fun.

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