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Andre Balazs Has Officially Appointed A Basket-Toting 'Egg Girl' At The Standard Grill

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August 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

And the saga of hotelier-turned-upstate-farmer Andre Balazs—who's either going through a midlife crisis, or was just in desperate need of a career change—continues.

Now that Balazs' Locusts-on-Hudson farm continues to supply more and more produce to the Standard, it only made sense for him to install a designated "egg girl" at the Standard Grill, whose sole job it is to be, as the NY Post writes, "the modern-day version of the cigarette girl...in pigtails, a lemon-yellow gingham dress and Mary Jane shoes, selling eggs out of a basket ($5 for a half dozen)."

Renae Adams, as she is properly known, totes around the basket full of farm fresh eggs on weekends, making a great conversation starter, and promoting the heck out of Balazs' latest business venture.

Unsurprisingly, people are way into it. Because really, when you're showing up to brunch hungover in the Meatpacking District on a Sunday morning, what could be more of a delight than hand-picking your eggs from the basket of a pigtailed farm girl who's willing to come up to your table and talk about each individual chicken? Adams explained to the Post:

"'Recently, a customer told me the color of the eggs are dependent on the feed, though I tried to explain that it’s actually dependent on the breed.'

That’s because the restaurant’s 'free-roaming, organically fed, mollycoddled hens' are actually an assortment of birds with bucolic names such as Buckeye, Barred Rock, Blue Andalusian and Rhode Island Red."

Kind of makes it difficult choosing between scrambled, over-easy and soft-boiled once we're on a first-name basis with the mommy chickens. But maybe that's a discussion we should take up with the egg girl.

[Photo: Flickr / JetSetCD; inset, Alex Afervez / NY Post]

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The 'farm' has significant zoning, community and likely tax concerns that may well hatch sooner rather than later. It'll be interesting to see if the egg girl makes through the cold, harsh winter. We wish her well!

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