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Motorino or Keste?

My daughter has just been accepted to NYU and we are flying up for a reception the weekend of April 9-11. I've read on here so much about both Motorino and Keste and would love some feedback. Also, do either take reservations? Thanks for helping us out!!

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Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. AFAIK, neither one of them take reservations, but you can get on line 2 hours before Keste opens up to perhaps grab a table '-)

    It's easier to get a table at Motorino later in the evening.

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    Motorino
    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. My preference is Motorino. Williamsburg branch is much bigger and only like a 10 minute ride on the L train from the East Village branch. I'd say Motorino works better as an all around restaurant and I prefer their speciality topping pies over Keste.

      Keste's Italian ownership, pizza chef and much of the service staff give it a bit different flair. And I will say that most of my Italian friends prefer Keste's pizza over Motorino.

      Generally neither Keste nor Motorino takes reservations, but I think if you are large group (6 or more)you might call and see if they can work with you a bit.

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      Keste Pizza & Vino
      271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: boccalupo

        I like Motorino better. I think the owner's of Keste think their pizza is better than it really is. I think Keste is OK pizza, just OK. Co. pizza is way better,Motorino is better, Tre Sorelles is better, IMHO of course

      2. I quite enjoy both, but for me Keste is the better of the two. That being said, I don't think you would be disappointed with either -- and in fact, why not try both and see for yourself?

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        Keste Pizza & Vino
        271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        1. Im with a2 - hit both!!

          They have totally different vibes, but both are great and fun to try. My preference is the BK location of Motorino (they have more pies and use different cheese than the E. Village branch). But, we were just at the E. Village location on Sunday. Arrived when they opened at 11 am and were the first ones there.

          Keste is tiny but lots of italian energy which was also fun. I wouldnt wait in line, though.

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          Motorino
          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. I've only tried Keste but wow was that good! I actually considered going the next afternoon for lunch and I don't usually like to repeat meals. Enjoy.
            JeremyEG
            homecooklocavore.wordpress.com