Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Today on the blog is another storytime/review hybrid that I wanted to set free into the world, as it’s something some of us probably idealize on the daily.. a boujee Sunday brunch surrounded by your socialite friends and a neck dripping with pearls.. or maybe that’s just me? I’m not sure, but I’m going to give y’all the 411 on what it’s ACTUALLY like to snag a spot in the coveted Blue Box Cafe and if it’s really worth it! So stay tuned and let’s jump right into it!
Okay, so as you all know, I’m fortunate enough to say I get to go to the city lots of times each year. So of course, I like to keep each time interesting and am always looking for new (and instagram-worthy) things to do! This time around, the Blue Box Cafe had my attention.
To be honest, I didn’t know much about it, other than that I wanted to go, so I did a super quick search for it on the inter-webs and quickly learned these are reservations you need to make 30 days in advance. Of course, that’s no biggie, but that’s also really important to know if you want to live it up in this little cafe for the day. Tables open up at 9 a.m. EST for the next month and let me tell y’all, they go quick. It definitely helps to have your credit card info saved on your computer and to know exactly what time you’d like to go and how many people will be attending before the reservations are made available. Otherwise, you’ll just be scrambling around and gasping like a fish out of water when all of a sudden ‘I’m sorry, but this time slot is no longer available’ pops up on your screen. So yes, have a plan A, B, C, and maybe even D if you want to be super prepared, because chances are the time you want to go is the time everyone else wants to go too and spoiler alert.. the cafe is NOT that big so the tables will get swiped up in no time flat.
Also, it’s important to note you probably can’t just walk into Tiffany’s and expect to have a table if you didn’t make the reservation. I watched them turn down multiple people who were trying to butter up the hostesses, and unfortunately unless you know someone mega important, I truly don’t think they’ll even bat an eye at having to tell y’all no.
So anyways, stressful reservation making aside, I had a table for my boyfriend and I on March 24th for 1:15pm. Mission Accomplished.
Okay so fast forward to the actual day in NYC. Seth and I arrived with a few minutes to spare and we were taken up in the elevator to the fourth floor. To actually get to the cafe itself, you have to walk through the first part of the floor which is littered with sparkly china, smelly candles, and keepsake mugs. Finally, you get to the hostess and upon confirmation of your name, they seat you pretty promptly.
Like I said, the cafe is TINY. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this, but it couldn’t have been more than 1/4 of the entire floor. It maybe held 20 tables tops and not every table could fit more than two people. That being said, I fell in love with the ambiance almost immediately. It’s sophisticated, very aesthetically pleasing, and a combination of calm, liveliness all at the same time.
They have everything set out for you at the table when you arrive, it’s the classic Tiffany blue plates and mugs in combination with an Erlenmeyer flask holding two flowers in the middle of the table. I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t pretty to look at, but get your insta pics quick because as soon as they know what you want to eat they swipe it all up and take it away from the table. This low-key devastated me. I had barely been in the cafe more than 5-10 minutes and I already missed my first opportunity to capture what I came for.
The menu they have is pretty simple. For each category they have a few options to choose from. Breakfast is $29, lunch is $39, and drinks/desserts have their own individual pricing. Seth and I decided on lunch considering our reservation was in the late afternoon and I think we were both hungry for something that was more along the lines of a meal than just some classic brekkie, although yes, I do know I’m letting all my ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ fans down by settling for anything OTHER than the avocado toast, scone, and tea assortment offered.
For drinks, we both ordered a refresher. Sethy went with the Emerald and I went with the Red Opal Spritz. The former consisted of honeydew, cucumber, parsley, and granny smith apples while the latter consisted of cranberry, lime, and honey. I wasn’t blown away by the drinks. I thought Sethy’s was weird because of the parsley and mine was a little sour, but they were cute and I guess a part of the experience. Alone, I probably wouldn’t drink them again, but with some food, they weren’t the worst.
We both went for the Blue Box Chopped Salad as our starter. To be honest? It was actually pretty good. I’m a particularly picky eater and this seemed to be the safest thing on the starter menu for me. It’s basically some leafy greens, bell peppers, feta cheese, and sriracha. The portion size is pretty small, but considering the main dish is still to come I wasn’t particularly bothered by that.
Then, for the main part of our meal, I ordered the Fifty-Seventh Street Flatbread and Sethy ordered the CLT club sandwich. So, like, hear me out. I ordered the flatbread with tomato and fresh mozzarella… and like the fool that I am, I expected it to be raw. So when they bring out the epitome of a pizza, I’m literally shocked (for more reasons than one). First of all, I gave up pizza for lent, and like, HOW am I supposed to just tell the people at Tiffany’s that I just can’t eat this? I can’t. And secondly, WHY is Tiffany’s making pizza? Isn’t it a little boujee for that? Nevertheless, I’m not proud to admit this.. but it was delicious. I’m not saying it beats a slice of greasy pizzaria pizza (shoutout to Prince Street), but it was yummy either way. I would say Seth’s sandwich was just okay. I kind of thought it was lacking flavor and honestly I think he might agree.
**Bonus Jonas: Peep the look on my face the moment I realized I ordered a pizza during lent**
So by the end of the meal, can I say it was really worth $39 per person + what we paid for drinks? No. It’s really not.
The food is okay, it’s nothing special. To be the most honest, I would have probably been happier with a Taco Bell $5 box and a Baja Blast Freeze. The service is suuuuuper slow and the people working don’t really treat the customers as though those in ‘fine dining’ would. Not only that, but sometimes the lighting depending on where you are sitting is kind of wonky and therefore the instagram pictures that you’re probably going for are hard to get and the ones you do get might leave you unsatisfied.
Of course, there’s no way to know all this and I think the experience was worth while, but rest assured, that’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever be going and I don’t even think I would recommend this before some of my other favorite cafes in the city to my friends.
But what do you guys think? Have you been there and what are your opinions? Is it worth it for a die-hard fan? A boujee brunch lover? Or is it all just hype? Let me know in the comments below (:
P.S. Enjoy this very brief picture featuring my outfit for the day! The dress is from ASOS and I was seriously head-over-heels obsessed after first sight!
Until next time,