My breakfast at Tiffany’s


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  • Lilly Maier at The Blue Box Cafe. Photo: Angelina Bruno




  • Avocado toast and buttermilk waffles for brunch. Photo: Angelina Bruno




  • Place setting at The Blue Box Cafe. Photo: Lilly Maier



if you go

WHAT: The Blue Box Cafe

WHERE: Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue

WHEN: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last seating at 5:30 p.m.), Sunday 12-6 p.m. (last seating at 4:30 p.m.)

Reservation required: resy.com/cities/ny/blue-box-cafe



“Suddenly you are afraid and you don’t know what you are afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?” Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly asks writer Paul Varjak in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” “Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s,” she adds. “Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.”

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 movie adaption of Truman Capote’s novella of the same name, has long been a classic, and is the first thing that comes to mind both when one thinks of Audrey Hepburn or Tiffany’s. It makes you wonder then, why it took almost fifty years for the luxury jeweler to capitalize on the idea, and offer patrons what they have always dreamed of: the chance for their very own Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Last fall Tiffany & Co. opened The Blue Box Cafe on Fifth Avenue. The aptly named restaurant delivers what it promises: a Tiffany blue box tucked away on the fourth floor of the flagship store. Decorated from wall to wall in the signature blue, and equipped with elegant, white-blue china (designed by Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co.’s chief artistic officer), the café creates an experience that even brunch-proficient New Yorkers are unlikely to forget.

I have been wanting to eat at the The Blue Box Cafe since it opened last November, but even after a year it’s still a hassle to get a table. Reservations are only available online and have to be made 30 days in advance at exactly 9 a.m. By 9:01 all the seats are filled.

Getting the reservation is the only stressful part, though. Afterwards, the 30-day-wait increases the anticipation, and many guests decide to dress up for the occasion — to make it more memorable and to up their obligatory selfie game. Once you finally walk into The Blue Box, the place is just as Holly Golightly envisioned the Tiffany’s of her dreams: quiet, proud and peaceful.

The ambience really is the most surprising quality of The Blue Box Cafe: Compared to the noisy streets outside and the bustling store the next room over, I was taken by how quiet the café is. There are only seats for forty people at most, and the waiters — contrary to those at most brunch eateries in the city — let you sit long after you have finished your food and sipped your last drop of the Tiffany Blend tea.

Speaking of food: In the movie, Holly Golightly eats her breakfast from a paper bag while looking into the shop windows; in The Blue Box Cafe the selection is more refined. You can choose from a prix fixe breakfast ($32), lunch ($42) or afternoon tea ($52) prepared with seasonal and local ingredients. The signature breakfast is served all day and comes with a croissant, fruit and one of four bruch choices. I had the sunflower seed avocado toast with a poached egg and my friend ordered the buttermilk waffles, which were fluffy as can be, but don’t leave any room for dessert. The two course lunch includes a Fifth Avenue Salad (lobsters, avocado and grapefruit) or Fifty-Seventh Street Flatbread. The afternoon tea is a large selection of finger sandwiches and sweets served on a delicate three-tiered tea tray.

And if you still don’t feel enough like Audrey, you can order the Blue Box Celebration Cake: a small cake that looks like an actual Tiffany ring box, with blue icing and a white confectionary bow. I think, in today’s version, Holly Golightly would jump right into a cab and stay here forever.

Lilly Maier is a journalist and historian. An NYU graduate, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar, she just finished writing a book about the life of a Viennese Holocaust survivor, who grew up in the same apartment she lived in as a child.






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