You can now actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s as many have envisioned since watching the iconic movie, but it will cost you. The excitement of this is such that the novelty of it makes sense, but the prices that are stamped upon each plate seem a bit ridiculous. The Blue Box Cafe that sits within Tiffany’s flagship store on Madison Avenue is a very upscale and happening place, but unless you can afford to drop around forty to fifty dollars just upon plunking your butt on a seat then you might want to admire it from afar. I’m exaggerating just a bit of course, it costs nothing to sit down, but if you sit and don’t order it might very well offend the staff who are looking to upsell you as much as they possibly can.
That’s the name of the game in the food and hospitality industry after all, to sell customers as much as possible in the hopes that they’ll think it’s a bargain or at least worth the effort of making their way down to eateries that are made popular by dint of their name or their association with pop culture, or both. For a long time there was no such thing as actually having breakfast at Tiffany’s, but now, for a very hefty sum, you can partake of this pleasure and forever after say that you actually experienced what it was like.
Unfortunately your wallet might be a bit lighter, unless you can afford the hit that it will cause to actually sit and eat here. For instance, coffee and a bagel will likely run you almost $30, or well over considering that a tip would be something that most people would leave. A Fifth Avenue salad, which is basically lobster, avocado, and lettuce, would be around $40 or more after tip. Then you need to consider any beverages you might want, and also consider that this will jack the price up considerably. So in all honesty eating at this place might be very memorable, but it won’t do your wallet a lot of favors.
Maybe it’s because I live on the west coast and enjoy a good value or maybe it’s because if I pay that much for an individual meal I want to get a good deal, but those prices seem a bit high. For that kind of money I’d want a salad the size of large platter with plenty of meaty chunks of lobster in it, and enough avocado to have some in every bite. Plus, for coffee and a bagel spending more than five dollars seems a little ludicrous when in almost any shop you can get it for that much or cheaper, depending on where you go.
It’s the experience of it however that makes the price go up. The fact that it seems ridiculous is highly subjective and will no doubt vary from one person to the next. For those that can afford the experience and a good meal, have a good time. The rest of us will be looking in from afar.