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The Blue Box Café

French

Midtown

$$$$Perfect For:BreakfastLunchAfternoon TeaImpressing Out of Towners
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The revamped Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue is a fantasy version of New York, with window wraps that make it look like a perpetual pastel spring day, and diamonds glittering in every nook and cranny of the showroom. The crown jewel is the Blue Box Café by Daniel Boulud, a sprawling all-day restaurant on the sixth floor with Tiffany’s signature blue jewelry boxes dangling from the ceiling. Beneath these boxes sit chic elementary schoolers having their first afternoon tea experience, and grown-ups with the money and time to enjoy a bottle of Champagne and a full caviar service at 2pm on a weekday afternoon. This could easily have been an all-looks-no-substance kind of restaurant, but the food is actually worth the effort it takes to get a reservation. Breakfast is served all day, and you can also get afternoon tea or order from an a la carte menu of seasonal French dishes like vichyssoise with caviar, and a croque monsieur with truffles.

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