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Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Real Life

By Lori Perkins

Many of you may be aware that Tiffany’s, the iconic jewelry store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, opened a restaurant, The Blue Box Café, a few years ago. Like something out of Sex and the City, it was impossible to get a reservation, and then it closed during the pandemic and didn’t reopen until later this summer.

Of course, I tried to go. And of course, there were never any tables available. They only take Resy reservations, and that’s only for a 30-day period, and they are always all booked up. But one night, as I was editing a romance, I went on Resy right after midnight, and was able to get a reservation. And not only a reservation, but a breakfast reservation on the day of my best friend’s birthday. I had arrived!

We went yesterday, and it was the (expensive) experience I expected. Even as a native New Yorker, it was worth it. I will do it again.

The breakfast is created by Daniel Boulud, celebrated and NY celebrity chef. It is $59 without coffee (but you do get an orange concoction of pineapple, mango, ginger, carrots and mint) and a tier of breakfast delights served as though you have ordered tea – a wonderfully flaky small croissant, an apricot danish, Greek yogurt with raspberries and granola, scrambled eggs topped by caviar and served in their own eggshell (delish!) and thin pineapple slices and strawberries. It may not sound like much, but I was stuffed at the end.

Do go to the bathroom. It is beautiful, with polished blue and gray marble floors, walls and ceilings.

And look at the art. The place is a secret museum. There’s the Tiffany Basquait on the first floor as you take the elevator to the 6th floor restaurant, but every floor has an art theme. The former Tiffany window designer, Gene Moore, has delightful and playful artwork throughout. His ice-cream cones topped with diamond rings is outside the 6th floor bathroom, so that caught my attention, and delighted me, and when I commented on it, I was told to visit the 3rd floor. The theme there is “love” and there are a number of delightful pieces on view there as well.

Tea is served in the afternoon and runs $98. I am sure it is as wonderful as the breakfast, all of which is served under an array of signature blue Tiffany jewelry boxes dangling from the ceiling above you, probably designed, or inspired by, Gene Moore.


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