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Old Balazs, He Had a Farm

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February 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Had a meal at Standard New York recently? No? Well, you're missing out. You see, in addition to being a magnet for all sorts of naked folks (and when is that ever not fun?), the hotel is also currently the test kitchen for owner Andre Balazs' newly-acquired upstate NY farm.

You read that right. Mr. Balazs, who in his spare time manages to date gorgeous blondes, launch his own branded seaplanes, and manage seven US hotels (with an eighth on the way), is now also trying his hand at raising chickens.

The NY Post reports that, having taken over a Dutchess County farm (about a two hour drive from Manhattan) from the late Bob Guccione, founder of Penthouse magazine, Balazs is now supplying chickens to his Standard Grill down on Washington St. And soon he'll have everyone hooked on his farm-to-table cuisine! He told Bon Appetit: "I've never tasted chicken like this."

We can't really picture him in denim overalls and a straw hat (though the above piece of screengrabbed photo magic ought to help)—but we're relieved he's got his sights set for once on places outside of the city. Who knows, maybe this could be the start of a new Standard-on-the-Hudson?

[Photo: Amanda Schwab / Starpix, Harkey Research]

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