Once you get past the whole 'what took them so long?' head-scratcher, we wholeheartedly suggest getting straight on the phone to book a table at Tiffany's Blue Box Cafe. A place that is - inevitably - going to become as essential a New York dining experience as Balthazar or Sarabeth's.
Fortune favours the organised, however, as bookings at The Blue Box Cafe - neatly tucked away on the 4th floor of Tiffany's 5th Avenue flagship store - are about as rare as the Tiffany Yellow Diamond. OK, fine, perhaps not quite as hard to come by, but as we settled in to our plush leather seats next to a window overlooking Central Park, our charming waiter informed us that it generally takes about a month to get a table. Still - beats hanging around outside with a coffee and a croissant and your nose pressed up against the window, eh, Audrey?
Brilliantly, breakfast is served all day and includes either buttermilk waffles, avo toast (what else?), a smoked salmon bagel or coddled egg alongside a bowl of fresh fruit and seasonal berries and a croissant for $32 (Dhs118).
Tiffany Tea is $52 (Dhs191) and comes piled high on the same graphic-yet-elegant Tiffany crockery you pass on the shop floor on the way in. Think coconut brownies, key lime tart, blue box petit four with finger sandwiches and sweet and savoury scones. How civilised.
After taking a quantity of Insta stories that would have embarrassed even the most seasoned of influencers, we ordered lunch - a creamy celery root and parsnip soup topped with curried granola and pumpkin seeds (perfect to warm ourselves up after battling with the freezing New York weather), a CLT club sandwich (standing for Charles Lewis Tiffany - the jeweller who founded the company back in 1837 - also standing for chicken, lettuce and tomato in this instance), and a perfectly poached piece of Skuna Bay salmon served with purple sweet potato and horseradish cream.
Then - just because we hadn't eaten enough - we ordered the jewel in the cafe's menu; the Blue Box celebration cake - a confection that would have easily served 8 hungry people. Draped in robin's-egg-blue chocolate and dressed with a cream icing bow, the buttercream-layered chocolate cake is an exceptional (and edible) ode to the blue box that makes every girl's heart beat that little bit faster. This time, however, it comes filled with chocolate cake and not diamonds but, hey - we'll take what we can get.
- The Blue Box Cafe, Tiffany & Co., 727 5th Avenue, New York, NY. Click here for reservations.