Flex Mussels

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flexmussels-room
Seafood
174 E 82nd Street

New York 10028
(Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave)
Phone: (212) 717-7772 (212) 717-7772

Website: http://flexmusselsnyc.com/

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Memorable Seafood By Way of Prince Edward Island

 By Nancy Walman

Located in the former premises, of Zócalo, arguably New York’s best Mexican restaurant, owners Bobby and Laura Shapiro, have imported their Prince Edward Island success to Manhattan and it is a roaring success. There is a buzzing bar area that turns out potent libations as well as entertainment, provided by the quick hands of an oyster-shucking whiz. The main dining room, sectioned in two areas, offers an open kitchen and a sparse, clean atmosphere with shiny wooden floors, walls hung with colorful paintings of P.E.I and a lovely mural commissioned by the same local artist. Further back are beautiful photographs of an award winning P.E.I. photographer.

The specialty of the house may be those plump, luscious mussels in no less than 23 sauces, all made to order (and they are wonderful), but don’t fail to sample the best oysters in town. On our visit 6 varieties from the east and west coast. They were so delicious they didn’t need the very good sauces that accompanied them.

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The House Specialty

Specials are also really special. We loved two appetizers, an olive oil poached octopus and a miraculous “Pacu” fish from Brazil, served “Rib-Style with an Asian glaze. Fabulous and worth a detour, as the French would say.

Outstanding mussel preparations range from Classic (white wine, herbs, and garlic) to  Thai (curry coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, lime, garlic, ginger), Bombay (Indian curry, mango puree, garlic, cinnamon, star anise, white wine) San Daniele (prosciutto, caramelized onions, white wine, garlic), and Maine (lobster, corn, white chowder, parsley) variations. Our favorite was a Southern take: bourbon, mustard, roasted corn, country ham and cream.

All are accompanied by good skin-on French fries and country bread. The wine list is a real joy with plenty bottles under $40, with  the outstanding La Caravelle Rose Champagne priced at  $95. The beer list, too, is awesome. We loved the two Canadian draught specials, one dark the other a perky apple pilsner. And wonder of wonders, there is  an eco-friendly filtered water (still or sparkling) for just $5.50 the bottle.

Leave room for great (but light) desserts like several varieties of a play on jelly-donuts including wild blueberry and Meyer lemon.

Service is courteous and efficient and you’ll like the warm, family feel of the restaurant. When the Shapiro’s are manning their two stores on P.E.I, their lovely daughter, Alexandra is there to greet customers and keep the show running. Don’t be surprised to see a 2nd Flex Mussels open in your  neighborhood. In the meantime, make you reservation now. Flex Mussels is deservedly packed and rates A Major on The Walman Report.

The Original Store

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mussels, mussels, mussels
MUSSELS $16/lb
CLASSIC
| white wine, herbs, garlic
FRA DIAVOLO
| San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh basil
PEI
| lobster stock, drawn butter

MUSSELS $18/lb
THAI
| curry coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, lime, garlic, ginger
BOMBAY
| Indian curry, mango puree, garlic, cinnamon, star anise, white wine
PROVENÇAL
| tomato, basil, saffron, orange zest, pernod, garlic, white wine
SOUTH PACIFIC
| kaffir lime leaf, cilantro, white wine, lemongrass
SKILLET
| butter, white wine, herbs
NEGRIL
| red peppers, jerk, dark rum, tamarind, lime
ABBEY
| Belgian triple, caramelized onions, orange zest
SPARTAN
| kalamata olive, garlic, tomato, oregano, olive oil

MUSSELS $19/lb
SOUTHERN
| bourbon, mustard, roasted corn, country ham, cream
GEISHA GIRL
| sake, green onions, pickled ginger, garlic, birds eye peppers
ACADIAN
| gumbo sauce, shrimp, andouille
FUNGHI
| wild mushrooms, double smoked bacon,garlic, cream
SPANIARD
| chorizo, sweet peppers, Spanish olives, red wine, tomatoes
THE MEXICAN
| chipotle adobo, chorizo, calamari
SAN DANIELE
| prosciutto, caramelized onions, white wine, garlic

MUSSELS $20/lb
PORTUGUESE
| linguica, clams, tomatoes, white wine, garlic
BISQUE
| lobster, brandy, tomato, garlic, cream
MAINE
| lobster, smoked bacon, corn, white chowder, parsley
ITALIANO
| calamari, roasted garlic, red wine, tomato sauce

THE NUMBER 23
| flavor changes daily, ask your server for details
FLEX FAMOUS HAND-CUT FRIES
| $5

TOP
not mussels
"Find the shortest, simplest way between Earth, the hands and the mouth"
RAW BAR
We serve the freshest oysters in NY. Selection changes daily. Ask your server or call for today’s availability.

APPETIZERS
CHOWDER |
flex mussels fresh chowder of the day
$10
GOAT CHEESE |
toasted goat cheese, simple greens, roasted beets, candied walnuts, apples
$13
SPICEY GREENS |
prosciutto, arugula, shaved fennel, pecorino, blood orange vinaigrette
$14
CRAB CAKE |
Maryland lump crab cake, vegetable slaw, citrus aioli
$17
BURNT FINGERS |
crispy fried calamari, shrimp, oysters, shallot rings, spicy aioli
$16
ICEBERG WEDGE |
crispy bacon, shaved radish, chunky blue cheese dressing, grapes
$12
SMOKED SALMON |
Kim Dormaar’s PEI pepper smoked salmon, caper tapenade, arugula salad, brioche toast
$14

SEAFOOD
LOBSTER ROLL |
1# lobster, citrus aioli, celery, lemon, toasted bun, flex fries
MP
FISH AND CHIPS |
tempura battered halibut and codfish, hand-made tartar sauce creamy coleslaw, flex fries
$21
SALMON |
roasted salmon, brussel sprouts, pearl onions, parsnip puree, blood orange curry emulsion
$25
HALIBUT |
warm vegetable hash, orange fennel salad, blood orange vinaigrette
$27
BOBBY’S REDNECK SEAFOOD BOIL |
shrimp, clams, mussels, red peppers, corn on the cob, potatoes, old bay beer broth
$26
SHRIMP |
tomato ginger fondue, heirloom tomato, cucumber, basil
$26
OYSTER PO’ BOY |
crispy hand shucked oysters, tartar sauce, toasted bun, flex fries
MP

WHOLE FISH
ask your server about tonight’s selection
P/A

NOT SEAFOOD
CHICKEN |
Murray’s organic chicken breast, fingerling potatoes, red peppers, wilted arugula, pan jus
$25

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wine
GLASS BOTTLE
white
BUBBLY
Raventos I Blanc ‘L’Hereu’ Reserva Cava, 2005, Spain
$14
$55
Bisson Prosecco ‘Vino Frizzante’, 2007, Italy
$37
Gonet Medeville Brut Tradition Premier Cru, Champagne France
$85
Gimonnet ‘Blanc de Blanc’ Brut Premier Cru, Champagne France
$90
La Caravelle Brut Rose Champagne, France
$95

ROSÉ
El Coto Rosado Granache/Tempranillo, 2008, Rioja Spain
$10
$39

FRUIT AND MINERAL
A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris, 2007, Willamette Valley Oregon
$11
$40
Christian Moreau Chablis, 2007, Burgundy France
$52
Bisson Cinque Terre (Marea), 2007, Liguria Italy
$51
Thomas LaBaille Sancerre (Chavignol) ‘Les Mont Damnes’, 2007, Loire France
$58
Cave des Tilleuls Fendant de Vetroz Chasselas, Valais Switzerland
$59
Cave Caloz Petite Arvine, 2007, Valais Switzerland
$69
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Marlborough New Zealand
$12
$46
Lucien Crochet Sancerre ‘La Croix du Roy’, 2006, Loire France
$57
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, California
$11
$40
Johann Donabaum Grüner Veltliner ‘Loiben Reserve’, 2006, Wachau, Austria
$58
Geyerhof Gruner Veltliner, Rosensteig, 2007, Austria
$42
Jacques Puffeney Arbois, 2004, Savagnin France
$48
Domaine Ostertag Riesling, 2007, Alsace France
$44
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris ‘Calcaire’ 2006, Alsace France
$67
Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon, 2006, Loire France
$55
Gunther Steinmetz Riesling Spatlese, 2007, Mosel Germany
$49
Xavier Flouret Torrontes ‘Flaca’, 2008, Cafayette Argentina
$38

FLAVORFUL & ELEGANT
Domaine J.A. Ferret Pouilly Fuisse ‘Les Moulins’, 2005, Burgundy France
$50
Stadlmann Zierfandler ‘Mandel Hoeh’, 2006, Thermen, Austria
$42
Artadi Blanco ‘Vinas DeGain’, 2005, Rioja Spain
$49
Kongsgaard Chardonnay, 2006, Napa California
$155
Ferrando Erbaluce di Caloso La Terrazza, 2007, Piedmont Italy
$47
Michel Picard St. Aubin 1er Cru, 2005, Chassagne Montrachet, France
$69
Cakebread Cellars, Chardonnay, 2007, Napa Valley California
$75
Vinosia Fiano de Avellino, 2006, Campania Italy
$44
Walter Hansel Chardonnay, 2006, Russian River California
$69
Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf-du-Pape White, 2007, Rhone Valley France
$59
Ferrari Carano Chardonnay, 2006, Alexander Valley California
$14
$49
Monastero Vitorchiano Coenobium, 2007, Lazio Italy
$44
Paolo Bea ‘Santa Chiara’, 2007, Umbria Italy
$69
Triacca La Contea Pignola, 2007, Valtellina Italy
$48

GLASS BOTTLE
red
SOFT, LIGHT & EASY
Mudhouse Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough New Zealand
$46
Wyatt Pinot Noir, 2007, California
$13
$49

RIPE FRUIT, MEDIUM BODY, SOFT TANNINS
Ridge Zinfandel ‘Paso Robles’, 2006, California
$54
Goldeneye Pinot Noir, 2005, Anderson Valley California
$94
Domaine La Manarine Grenache, 2006, Cotes du Rhone France
$39
Melini Chianti Classico Riserva ‘La Selvanella’, 2003, Tuscany, Italy
$54
Cavallotto Nebbiolo d’Alba ‘Bricco Boschis’, 2005, Piedmont Italy
$52
Walter Hansel Pinot Noir, 2006, Russian River California
$69

GRACEFUL & SOPHISTICATED
Susana Balbo Malbec, 2006, Mendoza Argentina
$55
Alan Paret Syrah ‘Valvigneyre’, 2005, Cotes du Rhone France
$40
Château Soucherie Anjou Rouge ‘Champ Aux Loups’ ,2006, Loire France
$46
Domaine du Grand Tinel, 2005, Châteauneuf-du-Pape France
$70
Jacques Puffeney Arbois, 2006, Trousseau France
$52
R. Lopez de Heredia ‘Vina Bosconia’, 2000, Rioja Spain
$60
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Napa California
$13
$49

BIG, RICH & DISTINGUISHED
I Paggioni Sangiovese ‘Rosso Toscano’, 2006, Montalcino Italy
$45
Marziano Abbona Dolcetto di Dogliani ‘Papa Celso’, 2006, Piedmont, Italy
$55
Cana’s Feast (Cab/Merlot), 2003, Red Mountain Washington
$97
Francois Gaunoux Pommard 1er cru ‘Les Grands Epenots’, 2003 Burgundy France
$85
beer
canada
UNIBROUE
‘Blanche de Chambly’ White Ale – Quebec – ABV 5%, 12 oz.
Mildly malty, slightly sweet, refreshing with notes of spice and citrus.
$8
UNIBROUE
‘Maudite’ Strong Amber Ale – Quebec – ABV 8%, 12 oz.
Spicy and complex with a crisp hop finish.
$8
UNIBROUE
‘La Fin du Monde’ Strong Triple Golden Ale – Quebec – ABV 9%, 12 oz.
Smooth, slightly tart with the balanced flavors of wild spices, malt and hops
$8
UNIBROUE
‘Éphémère’ White Apple Ale – Quebec – ABV 5.5%, 12 oz.
Bouquet of Granny Smith apples and spices. Great with the Big Apple Mussels!
$8
UNIBROUE
‘Terrible’ Dark Ale – Quebec – ABV 10.5%, 25 oz.
Elegant, fruity and full-bodied with notes of roasted malt and Madeira
$16

germany
WEIHENSTEPHANE
Hefe Weisse – ABV 5.3%, 12 oz.
Refreshing with a wonderful yeasty fragrance and citrus flavors.
$6

usa
BEAR REPUBLIC
‘Maudite’ Strong Amber Ale – Quebec – ABV 8%, 12 oz.
Spicy and complex with a crisp hop finish.
$12
NORTH COAST
Brother Thelonius’ Strong Dark Ale – Pennsylvania – ABV 9.3%, 12 oz.
Like a Belgian
$9
ROGUE
‘Old Crustacean’ Barleywine – Oregon – ABV 11%, 24.5 oz.
Intense, unfiltered, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers; designed for sipping.
$28
ROGUE
Mocha Porter – Oregon – ABV 5.3%, 12 oz.
Bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish.
$6
STOUDTS
Pils – Pennsylvania – ABV 5.4%, 12 oz.
Traditional German style, it’s delicately dry with firm bitterness.
$6
BROOKLYN
Lager – New York – ABV 5.2%, 12 oz.
Amber golden color, firm malt center, supported by bitterness and floral hop aroma.
$6

belgium
BOSTEELS
‘Deus’ Spiced Ale (Methode Champenoise) – ABV 10%, 25.4 oz.
Bright, crisp and bubbly with lavender, cardamom and other exotic spices.
$50
BOSTEELS
‘Karmeliet’ Triple Ale – ABV 8%, 11.2 oz.
Blond, robust, smooth, and fruity.
$9
DELIRIUM
‘Noël’ Winter Ale – ABV 10%, 12 oz.
Full bodied and thick, tart but also sweet with nice wintery spices.
$11
ST. FEUILLEN
Triple Ale – ABV 8.5%, 11.2 oz.
Rich aroma with a unique combination of aromatic hops, spices and fruit
$9
DUPONT
Saison Farmhouse Ale – ABV 6.5%, 25.4 oz.
Full-bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate with zesty hops and citrus.
$18
CHIMAY
‘Cinq Cents’ Trappist White Ale – ABV 8%, 25.4 oz.
Golden, slightly hazy with a fine head, good fruit, bitter aftertaste.
$19
D’ACHOUFFE
‘La Chouffe’ Strong Dark Ale – ABV 8%, 11.2 oz.
Rich brown colored ale with a big, malty flavor and a round finish.
$17
DUVEL
Strong Golden Ale – ABV 8.5%, 12 oz.
Fruity and lush with strong noble hop aroma, full body, and a smooth finish.
$9

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