Mayor-elect Eric Adams has called on the public to go out and enjoy the nightlife after he enjoyed a three-hour dinner at a splashy new Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan on Thursday night.
According to reports, 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.
“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,” Adams added.
Adams said dining out at night will promote employment and rake in money for restaurants and hotels.
The Democratic mayor said he will make it a habit to go out at night to promote nightlife tourism.
“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, head of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, is happy with the initiative of Adams since it will help the industry recover from the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
“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.