For Holly Golightly, breakfast at Tiffany’s simply meant standing in front of the store’s Fifth Avenue flagship location with a croissant and a coffee and staring longingly into its windows. Despite the simplicity of this act, we’ve long regarded it as the height of glamour. However, if you have always dreamed of living like Audrey Hepburn, you’re in luck. Nearly six decades after the iconic film was released, Tiffany & Co. has opened the Blue Box Cafe in midtown Manhattan and now you can really have breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The cafe, inspired by the movie, is as much a spectacle as it is a place to eat. It has a beautiful view of Central Park and is located on the fourth floor of the Tiffany & Co. New York City flagship store. To get to the cafe, you walk past rows of diamonds on the main floor of Tiffany to a concierge-attended elevator. It’s tiny walls are lined with photos of the brand’s wares, including its new line of tea cups and plates, giving you a sneak peak of the cafe’s table settings.
The cafe is designed to feel like you are inside one of Tiffany & Co.’s iconic jewelry boxes, with the interior decorated abundantly in its signature robin’s egg blue. Everything from the walls and chairs to the plates and salt and pepper shakers are that happy shade of Tiffany Blue. Of course, it wouldn’t be Tiffany without pops of silver. Those can be found in the tabletops and an elegant marble accent wall.
The cafe is part of a wholly renovated space that showcases a luxury home and accessories collection, the first major project from Reed Krakoff, who became the company’s chief artistic officer in January this year. The space includes Krakoff’s Everyday Objects, like walnut ping-pong paddles with black and blue leather faces and utalitarian “paper cups” transformed into works of art in bone china.
As for the menu, according to Tiffany & Co, the café serves “American classics made with the highest quality, regionally sourced ingredients” and offerings will rotated with the seasons. Included on the “simple menu” are upscale versions of classic New York City dishes. Vanity Fair report that the menu items are expensive but fancy. Many dessert items are a visual treat, incorporating again Tiffany & Co’s statement blue.
The restaurant opened on November 8th 2017 and since then has been a coveted place to visit and one of the hardest reservations to land. At the beginning wait times were reported to be several hours long. In order to claim your spot in the cafe, which seats 40 people, you might have needed to line up as early as 5 a.m. Early risers who waited in line were given a time to return later in the day. Due to these hardships Tiffany introduced the booking system and now you can enter the cafe only if you have prior reservation (which is equally hard to make).
However, at the end of the day, if you are a die-hard Holly Golightly fan, put on your oversized sunglasses and have your chance at recreating your own version of Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” no matter how hard it will be to get in.