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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by nj1 on 10/11/2011
Moto has always been a favorite of mine - you can't beat the atmosphere and it really feels like Paris in the 1930's. The food has improved dramatically of late- apparently a new chef came on board recently- loved the boston apple salad, the octopus on warm potato, and the lamb ribs melt in your mouth (and of course the famous date cake). The live music is the icing on the cake. They have also opened for lunch now which is great as there isn't much in the area for a good coffee and food during the day. I love you Moto!
Posted by Susan on 11/04/2010
Spent a nice evening with friends crammed into a small table by the bar ... food was 'meh' - my asparagus was underdone and the lemon dressing a bit too lemony. The ribs were dry and the risotto was only okay... but the date cake with a glass of port to accompany was heavensent. Go for the dessert and the live music and hope that the chef revamps the entrees and does a better job of monitoring quality control on prep.
Posted by Chris on 06/03/2010
Moto is a Diamond in the Rough. Agreed, not the best food, but taking in the fact that there is nothing good remotely close walking wise, I can get over it. Take a date for drinks and get the date cake, no pun intended. it is like a holiday in cake form.
Posted by eugene l. on 02/17/2010
Cute atmosphere. But aren't we just a bit tired of the whole dark, brokedown palace decor? Perfectly acceptable service, but really really really mediocre food. I think it's an okay place to grab a drink at the bar...but dinner? Or worse yet, brunch? Heck no. There's far better dining in Williamsburg.
Posted by gwhiz on 11/25/2009
Ugh, I am so disappointed by Moto. I love the place, I really do but the food is just not up to par. If you go, get the small dishes or just go for drinks and the date cake, which you will give the place a 5 for. The food will leave you "ugh-ing" every time. The risotto is never cooked well, the chicken should be good but is skimpy on the portions, the ribs are dry. See I've given it chances. Moto, so sad, I want for you to be good, please get better.
Posted by Jane on 11/15/2009
Revisted Motto after a year and a half away and was extremely dissappointed. The food was never great to begin with but now is barely edible. Uncreative and bland with a small selection of main dishes. My vegetable risotto was slimy and included common, cheap veggies. The wine list is overpriced and doesn't stray beyond typical pinot grigios. The atmosphere is the only upside because of the music but it's over crowded and you end up eating with people staring down your plate. I've never written a review so hopefully that will tell you just how bad this place is. I'll never go back.
Posted by Dakota on 07/26/2009
I've eaten at Moto half a dozen times, and it has NEVER disappointed. The artichoke app is simple and delicious, the salads are fresh and perfectly dressed, and the warm date toffee cake is always worth it. I suggest getting the daily special - I've had everything from seafood stew to chicken with figs and onions, and each one has been delightful. The decor is a well-curated mix of cool odds and ends, and the live music on Sat nights enhances the atmosphere. The waitstaff is attentive and friendly. Go. Try it.