Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Yes, perhaps a bit cliché, but some little girls dream about fairytale weddings at Disneyland, some dream about blue boxes from Tiffany. I dreamt of both. Of course, I was in my 20s before ever gifted a pretty little robin egg blue box wrapped ever so perfectly with a white satin bow. My daughter was 12.
I prefer to liken the experience based on the many times we traveled all over the United States in search of the American Doll store and its Cafe or Bistro –or Bar if mom had her way. A sweet opportunity to bond with my daughter and her well-dressed doll(s) for a few hours over lunch, then a shopping spree to following at the store below. (If you are new to American Doll, be sure to check out my post on how to shop with an American Girl Doll Personal Shopper–you can thank me in the comments.) While fun and endearing and full of memories, I was sad when the time came to an end, but now there is a whole new grown-up version of creating those memories once again. This time, however, with an air of sophistication, historical significance, fashion statement and timeless memories. We had finally graduated from American Girl to Tiffany & Co.
Blue Box Cafe is located on the 4th floor of the original and strikingly beautiful New York flagship store at 727 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. There are stairs available but take the opportunity to ride at least one way in the famed elevators where the doors and the floor indicators above are restored from the original. The Blue Box Cafe is an intimate venue looking out onto the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue and Central Park (in the distance), and styled with a touch of modern, a bit of vintage and the true classic Tiffany style.
What’s On the Menu
Breakfast at Tiffany ($29), Lunch ($39) and Tiffany Tea ($49) are available on the menu at the Blue Box Cafe. The restaurant is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00AM – 5:30PM, with the last seating at 5:30PM, and Sunday, 12:00PM – 4:30PM, with the last seating at 4:30PM. It is served almost like a prix fixé menu, where there are limited choices for each dining selection. There are dessert and beverages available à la carte. Our party chose the Breakfast option. Our main selections were the truffle eggs and the Belgian waffle, served with starter courses of croissant with Nutella®, honey butter and winter fruit preserves, along with a delicious side dish of seasonal fruits and berries. A choice of coffee or tea comes with the meal, but you may also order juice or other beverages from the à la carte menu. We were all quite satisfied with our choices.
How To Get On the List
The only way to book a reservation at the Blue Box Cafe is through an on-line reservation system called Resy.com. You can call 212 605 4270 for more information, but you will not be able to book via the telephone. Also, I would suggest booking your reservation one month out from your preferred date. I would imagine this is partially due to the popularity of the venue, but also because of its intimate atmosphere. There are not many tabletops in this coveted space. Resy.com opens its booking calendar one month out at a time, so set a reminder or alarm on your calendar to book your spot.
Who Should Go
When we visited in March, we enjoyed a multi-generational tea celebrating my daughter’s 12th birthday. I observed business meetings, an anniversary celebration, a small bridal shower happening while we were there. There was also a couple with a young girl, maybe 2-3 years old. It truly is a lovely experience, and I would just keep in mind the size of the space, and bring your party, any age, at your discretion.
Would I Go Back?
Yes. I would absolutely go back. Would I go back every time? Probably not, but not because the experience wasn’t great– it was totally fab. My time in New York City is precious to me because there is always so much to do in so little time. However, I most definitely recommend Blue Box Cafe at Tiffany as an experience worth making time for, and be sure to plan in some time to shop!
Before You Go
Of course, it is easy enough to watch the cult classic film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, but to get a true sense of the history and Tiffany & Co. mark on society and culture, I recommend these fun, easy reads: (Please note the links below are affiliate links.*)
Summer at Tiffany’s: I personally adore this book for several reasons. 1. The author, Marjorie Hart, was a professor at the University of San Diego (my alma mater); 2. The story is based on her personal experience of working at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store in the summer of 1945; 3. Quick, easy, fun summer read…indulge!
5th Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman: Watch the movie, then read about the behind the scenes and the making of…I love stuff like this! Also, this is available on Kindle.
Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design: This one sits on my coffee table at home because I truly am obsessed with the iconic styles and contributions Tiffany & Co. has made on our culture.