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Eric Adams dines with GOP heavyweights at Rao’s

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, which Dietl blamed on his campaign treasurer.

Dietl told the Post on Friday that Adams was a last minute invite to his table after some hedge fund pals couldn’t make it.

“I invited Eric and he showed up. We are social friends. This was not a planned event,” the private eye and media commentator said.

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Eric Adams dined at Rao’s with billionaire Republican John Catsimatidis.
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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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Catsimatidis and his PR man were invited too, Dietl added.

The four were captured in a photo sitting beside each other in a photo sent to a New York Magazine reporter late Thursday that went viral.

Catsimatidis, the owner of conservative talk radio station WABC-770AM, insisted Friday that he had no idea he would be eating dinner Adams, who is the heavy favorite to be the Big Apple’s next mayor thanks .“We went to Rao’s for an enjoyable dinner and we were surprised to see Eric Adams,” another person at the table said.

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Bo Dietl joined John Catsimatidis and Eric Adams at Rao’s.
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However, Adams knew Catsimatidis would be there, a campaign spokesman said.

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 Post.

Dietl — who earned headlines with his harsh attacks on Mayor Bill de Blasio — said that he’s an Adams backer through and through.

“I supported Eric when he ran for state senate and when he ran for borough president. I’ve been on Eric’s bandwagon from the beginning,” he said, adding that he would like to be an “adviser” to Adams if he wins, as expected, in November.

The tab that evening included 20 lamb chops (because John [Catsimatidis] is Greek,” Dietl said) and eventually ran to roughly $2,000, which the private eye told The Post he split with another person at the table.

Dietl said he ordered the fusilli pasta with meatballs, sausage and mushrooms, while Catsimatidis said he chowed down on the restaurant’s famed eggplant and veal parmigiana

Both men told The Post that Adams ordered fish — with Dietl describing the BP’s dinner as “broiled fish. No olive oil” and “spinach. No olive oil.”

Adams’ representative insisted the candidate ordered the eggplant parmigiana — sans the cheese — in keeping with his vegan diet.

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

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