I Ate Breakfast at Tiffany’s—Should You?

Thursday, January 11, 2018
The idea of the archetypal New York woman varies depending on what kind of media you digest. Budding socialites still envy Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, whose life was filled with Manolo Blahniks and cosmopolitans—even though we’ll never know how she afforded it all on her freelancer paychecks. Quirky millennials envision Bushwick nights inspired by those of Girls’s Hannah Horvath and her misadventures, all while wearing mismatched patterns and a neon-bright fanny pack. Intellectuals admire Annie Hall. But the urban girl who sparked most of our fantasies (or at least mine)—and still lives on in the form of bedroom posters, laptop wallpaper, and notebook covers—is Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golighty. Her timeless little black dress, head-turning pearl necklace, and outspoken nature continue to inspire even after almost six decades of pop-culture existence. And nowhere is her essence evoked more than at Tiffany & Co.’s new dining establishment, the Blue Box Café.
blue box café Let Tiffany & Co. inspire your home decor. / Photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
The spot is currently one of the most high-end novelty dining experiences on the New York dining scene, and there’s no doubt Holly would ditch her to-go croissant and coffee in exchange for an aesthetically pleasing breakfast on the fourth floor of Tiffany’s flagship. The café is appropriately located in the back of the home and accessories department; head past the camel wool blankets, gold-leaf ashtrays, and sterling silver salt shakers and down a hallway lined with golden Tiffany goods in tasteful display cases. When my party of two entered the dining room, I realized why this reservation was one of the hardest to get in town—Blue Box Café is an Instagram influencer’s dream. The leather-bound booths; slipcovered chairs; and color-blocked plates, teacups, kettles, and coasters (all from Tiffany’s in-house luxury line) are drenched in robin’s-egg shades and—along with the turquoise-and-amazonite walls—designed to make diners feel like they’re Tiffany jewels perched inside a beautifully wrapped gift box. Corner windows, meanwhile, provide perfect ambient lighting—not to mention a prime view of the eastern corner of Central Park. More people were snapping selfies than eating. While the design is flawless, the overall experience had some occasional misses. A few breakfast dishes were decent at best; one can only elevate avocado toast so much, while the truffled scrambled eggs were lacking that delicate richness that was advertised (although the melted Kunik Cheddar is something I have to add to my own recipe).
blue box café Perfectly buttery croissants. Photo by Gillian Pelkonen
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the simplest dishes the kitchen shells out, though. A duo of buttery croissants was perfectly indulgent and made more so with add-ons like whipped Nutella and fresh cranberry preserves. And while it was tempting to pair my pastry with a jolt of espresso, the Tiffany Blend tea offered a nice taste of spring with hints of lavender and rosebuds. At the end of the day, however, you don’t go to Blue Box Café for the food (if you’re hungry, you may prefer channeling Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes with a “big salad” at Tom’s Restaurant instead). You go for the posh fantasy of early-1960s New York. For that, Blue Box delivers. So if you’re a die-hard Holly Golightly fan, put on your oversize sunglasses and live it up for a special breakfast, brunch, or teatime—and flood your Instagram with stunning shots. You look good in blue! Were sure you could go for a cup of tea right about now. How about planning a full-blown tea party instead?  [itinerary id=49027]