‘Nightlife mayor’ Eric Adams takes Manhattan for NYC restaurant opening
Eric Adams, the Mayor-elect was seen out and about Thursday night. He enjoyed a three-hour meal at an Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.
“We’re supporting nightlife!” Adams gushed during an 11:00 p.m. phone call to a Post reporter.
The soon-to-be leader of the Big Apple snagged a corner table indoors at Osteria La Baia on W. 52nd Street for the eatery’s grand opening.
“It’s a great restaurant,” Adams said. The former diabetic-turned-vegan recounted his meal in an exclusive interview with The Post.
He tucked into a mushroom dish he declared “amazing” and noshed on “a nice salad and a nice cross-section of asparagus and broccoli and a couple of other items.”
Ronn Torossian, who is a confidante advisor and a PR executive organized Adams’ trip to promote nightlife. They were joined for dinner by attorney Frank Carone, who is a member of Adams’ inner circle, and real estate consultant Ed Mermelstein.
Adams stated that Adams was not satisfied with fine dining.
“It’s about making sure that people come here. It’s about our hotels, having them eat at our great restaurants and that’s how we have the cooks, the waiters, the dishwashers.”
“People don’t realize these restaurants employ those who are looking to be gainfully employed in this city,” he said.
Adams — who visited nightlife hot spots Zero Bond and Casa Cipriani just hours after winning the general election on Nov. 2– said he’d be popping up at clubs and restaurants across the five boroughs as mayor.
“We’re going to patronize nightlife, every night finding a new place to eat at throughout the city. We’re not limited to Manhattan. We’re going to the South Bronx, South Jamaica Queens, Staten Island.
“Exposing all the people to the great nightlife because it’s jobs,” Adams said.
He also promised to remain true to his blue collar roots.
“I’m leaving the restaurant now and going to see transit workers to let them know we’re there for all the night workers,” he said.
Andrew Rigie, the head of NYC Hospitality Alliance, stated that Adams is expected to help the industry overcome the damage caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
“We’d love to take our incoming mayor on a tour of restaurants and nightlife spots throughout the five boroughs for great meals, drinks and music, and mostly importantly to meet and chat with the owners so he can have a frank talk about how he can help support them out of the crisis,” Rigie said.