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Junior’s Restaurant owner Alan Rosen eyes run for NYC mayor after getting fed-up with crime and quality of life

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He wants to be the Big Cheese!

The owner of one of New York’s most famous eateries is exploring a run for mayor.

Junior’s Restaurant proprietor Alan Rosen — upset with crime and quality of life complaints in the Big Apple — wants to bring his cheese cake making skills to City Hall.

Rosen recently met with campaign strategist Hank Sheinkopf, Bill Cunningham and Mitchell Moss, who served as political advisors to former three-term mayor, Mike Bloomberg, to discuss what it takes to run for mayor — and win, The Post has learned.

“Rosen said he’s interested in running for mayor,” Sheinkopf said after meeting with him.

“He’s an impressive guy. He runs a great business. He has that blue collar, Brooklyn edge about him.”

Rosen confirmed he’s been huddling with people in government and politics about the road to City Hall.

“I could be known as the hospitality mayor for all New Yorkers. I don’t see that right now,” Rosen, whose restaurants in Times Square and downtown Brooklyn are NYC classics, told The Post.

The third-generation Junior’s owner described himself as a “moderate Republican” who would look to secure the GOP nomination.

“I’m not a Democrat. I don’t believe in that far-left stuff. I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal,” Rosen, 55, said.

“I want to run if the stars align. I’m only doing this if I can win.”

The Post spoke to Rosen in March, when he ripped into the conditions in New York City — the migrant crisis, a weakened bail law that has emboldened criminals including shoplifting and an overall sense of disorder.

“I want to run if the stars align. I’m only doing this if I can win.”

Little has changed since then, he said.

“I’m not a politician. I’m someone who wants to make the city better. Do I see a city that could be more liveable for everyone? Yes,” he said.

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His restaurants have been visited by heavyweight pols including former President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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