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May 17, 2011 12:14 PM

Motorino - how's crowd weekday lunch?

I've never been and I've been tasked with taking an out of town company executive for great pizza. Office not that far from Motorino so want to get a read on if it's an option.

How long would wait be on a rainy day around noon? is it ever going to stop raining?
Are tables spaced enough/sound level conducive to conversation?

Keste probably a bit far. There's always Otto which I'm sure she'll love, but certainly not going there just for the pizza.

Other suggestions welcome from 8th street north to union square/west to fifth.


349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. I can't answer your waiting time question, since I've only been to Motorino very early for dinner, when it wasn't crowded at all. I find it a lot less frenetic than Keste (where I also went very early for dinner, and it was a mob scene). The tables at Motorino are not super close together, and it isn't very loud. My companion and I had no trouble carrying on a conversation.

    I think it will stop raining, yes, but don't quote me.

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

    1. The few times I've been on a weekday, it's been about 1/2 empty, so no wait at all.

      In terms of conversation, it should be OK, but not great. If privacy is that important, I would go elsewhere. Photo:

      For the most space, you'd probably want the small 2-top table near the door, but, that does put you by the door (drafty, people coming and going). You can see it here:

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      1. re: kathryn

        Now, the tables in the photo that seat four are two tables of two. Also, near the back is a great table for two.

      2. I've been a couple times for lunch and found it mostly empty. I don't think you'll even have to wait at all.

        1. Lunches are indeed empty, and as described, not the most private setting.

          They were offering lunch specials for something like $12 with a few pizzas to choose from, and a free salad or tiramisu. I'm not sure if they're still offering it, but it could be worth asking.

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          1. re: sugartoof

            the lunch special is still on (as of a couple weeks ago) but i think it only includes the salad, it is still a good deal as if you were to order the sopressata picante or brussel sprouts pie without the lunch deal it would cost 4 dollars more and not include the salad, which while pretty basic - just mixed greens and lettuce - was very fresh and came with a well balanced vinagrette and even some mixed herbs (mint, basil) added to spruce up the spring mix.

            ive eaten lunch at motorino quite a few times and hardly ever had to sit next to another occupied table, but in terms of privacy that may almost be worse as its a very small room and when its empty it is quite easy to overhear whatevers being said - on busy weekend nights the music is generally a bit louder and the (hard walled) room full of people can bring the din up considerably.

            1. re: sugartoof

              They don't offer tiramisu as part of the deal anymore. Which bums me out.

            2. Thanks everyone! We went today and worked out perfectly. Got there around 12:20 and sat right down. 1 empty table next to us and 1 full but didn't feel cramped.

              Most importantly, the Margherita she had lived up to its billing! I had the soppresata which was fantastic as well.

              And it didn't rain on the way there or back to boot.

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              1. re: harrison

                Excellent! Glad it worked out for you.