Stephanie Danler’s first job when she arrived in New York City was as a server at the iconic restaurant Union Square Café. Since then, she’s written a best-selling novel Sweetbitter (based on her personal experiences) and helped create a highly-anticipated television series of the same name, which premieres Sunday, May 6th on Starz. We chatted with the producer about her NYC haunts and her signature style.
Bergdorf Goodman: What is your favorite cuisine?
Stephanie Danler: Definitely Italian. My mother was an Italian cook but educated at the Cordon Bleu in Paris so I got the best of both worlds. I think the Italian way with vegetables simple, seasoned, tons of olive oil is unparalleled.
A still shot from Sweetbitter on Starz
BG: What is your favorite meal?
SD: That’s a huge question. My favorite meal out is a plate of fresh oysters, bread and butter, and super cold white wine. It’s a meal I can have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
BG: What is your favorite restaurant in NYC?
SD: Right now, it’s probably Via Carota. I love what [owners] Jody [Williams] and Rita [Sodi] do with vegetables, and their cacio e pepe is my favorite in the city.
BG: What outfit would you wear to dinner there?
SD: I’m from LA so I definitely believe in jeans and I don’t dress up unless someone is forcing me. I’d do the Rag & Bone distressed straight leg jean with the Alexander Wang tilt heel black leather boots (I have those, I adore them). On top of that, an Equipment striped silk shirt and a Rag and Bone cropped leather jacket. It’s simple, not too feminine, and the silk keeps it elegant. I’d eat anywhere downtown in that outfit.
Photo Courtesy of Marlow and Sons.
BG: What is your go-to dinner spot in NYC currently?
SD: Marlow and Sons. It’s close to where we film Sweetbitter. I go there multiple times a week and I’m never, ever bored.
BG: Who are your dream dinner party guests (past and present)?
SD: MFK Fisher, Joan Didion and Henry James. Now that’s a party.” What would be your last meal on earth “Thick sourdough toast with tons of butter.