A novel




"You will develop a palate."

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen, as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her.

What follows is her education: in oysters, Champagne, the appellations of Burgundy, friendship, cocaine, lust, love, and dive bars. As her appetites awaken—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—we see her helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle. With an orphan’s ardor she latches onto Simone, a senior server at the restaurant who has lived in ways Tess only dreams of, and against the warnings of coworkers she falls under the spell of Jake, the elusive, tatted up, achingly beautiful bartender. These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess’s most exhilarating and painful lesson of all.

Sweetbitter is available for purchase at the following booksellers

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     iBooks   IndieBound     Penguin Random House

Foreign Distribution

United Kingdom · Oneworld Publications     China · Dook Publishing     Germany · Aufbau Verlag    

Netherlands · Prometheus    Taiwan · China Times


Sweetbitter is a stunning debut novel, one that seems destined to help define a generation.
— Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
Gorgeous, sensual prose and a page-turning plot line that casts a spell down to the very last sentence of the final page...tantalizing in all the right ways.
— Refinery29
An unpretentious, truth-dealing novel. Ms. Danler is a sensitive observer… and gifted commenter on many things. Sweetbitter is going to make a lot of people hungry.
— Dwight Garner, The New York Times


January 17, 2017 · Sweetbitter Book Tour · Brooklyn, NY

Oddfellows Ice Cream
175 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249


January 24, 2017 · Sweetbitter Book Tour · Los Angeles, CA

Library Foundation of Los Angeles


Photo by Nick Vorderman

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.







For inquiries regarding Sweetbitter, please contact Jordan Rodman at Alfred A. Knopf


For speaking engagements, please contact Kate Berner at Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau


For all other inquires, please contact Melissa Flashman at Janklow & Nesbit Associates