It’s My Favorite Time of Year…

Me taking a refreshing break from my holiday shopping at Tiffany & Co.

Fashionistas, Merry Christmas!!!  While I love NYC all days of the year, I am unable to describe the magic that happens between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.  With so much to see, I still consider myself the ultimate tourist even though I’ve been living here for the past seven years.  Since that time, I can honestly say that the Rockefeller Center tree, the always-on beat Salvation Army bell ringers, the packed streets of Herald Square, and the enchanted view of Central Park from the second floor of Columbus Circle never get old.  With or without snow, NYC at Christmas is always wonderful. 

The classic table setting.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to visit the Tiffany & Co. flagship located at 727 5th Avenue.   This seven-story store, a.k.a. the set of Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is always buzzing with tourists and, of course, the nervous fiances-to-be purchasing the iconic Tiffany engagement ring.  While the main floor’s bling was quite captivating, I was on the hunt for stemless champagne flutes (they are the best gift), so I continued onto the fourth floor.  The neat thing about Tiffany’s home accessories is the creative way that their artisans transform basic objects into the most divine pieces of art.  Thanks to my visit, I am now obsessed with what Tiffany is calling, “The Everyday Objects – Bone China Paper Cups.”  What!!!!

The everyday cup transformed into a piece of art. They are a mere $110.

While on the fourth floor, you must take a peep at the Blue Box Café, a charming dining concept of American cuisine served within a room of Tiffany blue marble.  For a mere $29, you can luxuriate at one of 5th Avenue’s new jewels.  However, let’s be clear.  The Blue Box Café should be renamed to the always packed, can never get a Resy time café.  If I sound frustrated, I truly am.  Since its opening in 2017, I have yet to be able to score a table.  Because I believe persistence is key, I decided to chat up the tuxedo-wearing host who politely told me that the only way to obtain one of the coveted reservations is through the online booking service.  Oh well, I tried. 

Blue Box Cafe seating with a view.

This concludes my lovely holiday afternoon at Tiffany’s.  Merry Christmas!!!

Jacqui J

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