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Review of "Sweetbitter" 5/11/18 by Suzanne
airs now Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz

A young woman, Tess, leaves home and heads to New York to find a more exciting life. Based on the book of the same name, the show follows her journey as she learns to waitress in a fancy restaurant as well as how to live in the big city. At first, I found it a little slow, but then once she started working at the restaurant, it picked up as we met all the new characters.

I've never worked in New York City, but I did work in many places in Long Island when I was her age and going to college. The people were not as interesting in my jobs, and the job was not as hard as they're making it sound here. Then again, the places I worked at were probably not so fancy. Also, I'm sure that living in NYC on your own, with very little money, does have a lot of challenges. (I had my husband, at least, and some financial aid)

I enjoyed the first episode and would keep watching if I had the time. The characters are interesting and they keep the story moving along nicely. There are only 6 episodes, so it's pretty easy to binge-watch.


Sweet. Salt. Sour. Bitter. Umami. Now your tongue is coded.

 “Sweetbitter” tells the story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes: tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.

In Season One, we follow Tess along the path of the L train circa 2006: the prestigious Manhattan restaurant where she serves an upscale clientele, an industry dive bar, a corner bodega in Williamsburg, and an East Village apartment with a bathtub in the kitchen. She came to the city without a friend or ambition because she wanted more from her life. Underneath the oysters and champagne is a love letter to the way New York City changes and can change you. But it’s the people Tess meets at the restaurant who end up marking her for life. “Sweetbitter” is not only Tess’s story—it is also the story of the backwaiters, servers, bartenders, and dishwashers as they navigate friendship, intimacy, lust and betrayal. Her co-workers become her family, and through them she finds a degree of belonging that she’s never encountered before.

“Sweetbitter” illuminates the sensory journey of developing a palate. How the sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and umami threaten, complement, and ultimately need each other so that we can learn to taste. “Sweetbitter” is a show about the life that happens to you while you’re waiting.

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