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'Sweetbitter' author Stephanie Danler dishes on where to read in NYC

Reading never tasted so good.

Stephanie Danler, whose much buzzed about debut novel "Sweetbitter" hits stores and e-readers on May 24, knows a few things about good taste. The Brooklyn-based writer paid her dues in the New York restaurant scene, working as a server at Union Square Cafe, Buvette and more highly regarded local hotspots.

Inspired by her time in the fast-pasted New York restaurant scene, "Sweetbitter" follows 22-year-old Williamsburg-residing Tess from her young start as a backwaiter at a prestigious Manhattan restaurant and her coming-of-age as a New Yorker.

Danler shared with us her favorite spots to read in the city, so you can enjoy some tasty food and drink while scarfing down all 368 delicious pages.

Grand Ferry Park

On a nice day, this Williamsburg spot is
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On a nice day, this Williamsburg spot is a great place to relax and read. "Not shockingly, I love to-go wine, whether in a plastic cup or a Mason jar, and walking down to this landing on the river and staring at the bridge and Manhattan skyline with a glass of wine was a ritual for years," said Danler. 1 Grand St., Brooklyn,

Union Square Greenmarket

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"When I first moved to the city I thought of the Greenmarket as scenery, I hadn't yet connected that it was actually food that I could purchase and cook," Danler said. "That changed quickly. I went every Friday and Monday for years - vegetables from Lani's farm, strawberries from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm - I have all my spots and then all my reading spots in the park." Grab a sweet snack (fresh fruit!) and pick a bench to get your read on. E 17th St. and Union Square West,

Russian & Turkish Baths

Don't write off reading in a public bath
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Don't write off reading in a public bath house just yet. "The secret about the baths is that they are really quiet - mentally," Danler said. "Your phone is locked away, you're in another world, and when your body relaxes, the mind relaxes. I came to the baths and would sit upstairs on the deck or in the restaurant reading and writing and then go back down into the saunas. It's a mental detox." 268 E. 10th St.,

Grand Central Oyster Bar

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"I feel like this place is in every novel and every list about New York City and it's with good reason: It's a classic," Danler said. "Perfect oysters in the basement of a train station - it makes no sense, but the décor, the quality, the feeling of disappearing from the city, it all adds up to one of the best ways to lunch by yourself and remember why you live in this city." Try not to slurp oyster juice over the pages.

The bar

Yes, you want to be that person with
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Yes, you want to be that person with a book at the bar. Danler noted that off-shift servers and writers love bars. "I particularly love them in the late afternoon before the evening rush or very late at night on my way home to bed," she said. She recommends Park Bar in Union Square (15 E. 15th St.) as "a solid choice" but if you'd prefer a quieter spot, head to Big Bar (it's small, 75 E. 7th St.) or Sophie's in the East Village (507 E. 5th St.). In Williamsburg, Danler likes reading in the front nook at Iona (180 Grand St.) and outside at Clem's (264 Grand St.). And if "Sweetbitter" inspires you to write your own novel, Danler recommends the Lower East Side's Clandestino (35 Canal St.) where she would read her manuscript at night.


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