Eric Adams dines with GOP heavyweights at Rao’s


It was an offer he didn’t refuse.

Just days after winning the Democratic nomination for mayor, Eric Adams broke bread at storied Italian eatery Rao’s with billionaire Republican John Catsimatidis.

The former cop dined at the East Harlem hangout Thursday night with a group including the conservative media mogul, whose daughter, Andrea, is chair of the Manhattan Republican Party.

They sat at the table of another former cop, Richard “Bo” Dietl, who invited Adams and once mounted a longshot mayoral bid himself that eventually resulted in campaign finance violations that Dietl blamed on his campaign treasurer.

Catsimatidis told The Post on Friday that Dietl invited him to the dinner — with no mention that the victorious Democrat would also be there.

Eric Adams
Eric Adams dined at Rao’s with billionaire Republican John Catsimatidis.
Frank Pellegrino's restaurant Rao's, located on 114th Street and Pleasant Avenue
Eric Adams dined at Rao’s with billionaire Republican John Catsimatidis.
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“We went to Rao’s for an enjoyable dinner and we were surprised to see Eric Adams,” another person at the table said.

But the Brooklyn borough president knew that the WABC-770AM owner would be t here, a source close to Adams said.

Deitl declined to speak to The Post, but later tweeted that he was “very honored to have dinner at Rao’s last night with good friends.”

Bo Dietl
Bo Dietl joined John Catsimatidis and Eric Adams at Rao’s.
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“Just social, not political. Not to be misconstrued,” he added. “Many jealous people, sorry you weren’t invited.”

Catsimatidis said Friday he has known the rival-party candidate “a long time,” sounding impressed as he said, “Eric Adams is talking like he wants to do a good job.”

“I am an open-minded person … I am supporting common sense,” said Catsimatidis, who also owns the Gristedes supermarket chain and is estimated to be worth $2.8 billion. “I am pro-common sense Democrat — I am pro-common sense Republican.”

Nevertheless, his open mind still favored the Republican candidate, his former employee and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa.

“I know Curtis Sliwa for 30 years. I am fighting for Curtis. I always support Curtis,” Catsimatidis told the host.

But asked whom he would be voting for, he teasingly replied, “Check with me on Nov. 3.”

He was less cagey when asked about the other key ingredient of his night out — the famed restaurant’s eggplant and veal parmigiana, which he had. Adams chowed down on the eggplant parmigiana, his representative said.

“The food was good,” said Catsimatidis — who left before the check came.


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