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A Song for Governor Paterson at Rao’s; a Dance for Danielle Staub at Scores

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Dinner entertainment came in all forms this week. When a local band caught wind that Governor David Paterson would be dining at Rao’s, they set up in the street outside for a performance of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” Then for Danielle Staub’s epic birthday party at Scores, the requisite dramatics came thanks to some red-carpet-crashing escapades courtesy of Danielle’s frenemy Kim Granatell. Here’s the rest of this week’s celebrity-dining encounters.

Ballato: While prepping for the NYC dates on her Last Girl on Earth tour, a now bright-red-headed Rihanna enjoyed a late dinner in the East Village. [Zimbio]
Café Gitane: As they film My Idiot Brother in the city, Zooey Deschanel (with husband Ben Gibbard) and Elizabeth Banks grabbed a late lunch. [StyleBistro]
Da Silvano: Earlier in the week, Rihanna had also dined out with boyfriend Matt Kemp. [JustJared]
Dos Caminos: Gabourey Sidibe lunched with a group of friends, including Phyllis Somerville, her co-star on The Big C. [Gawker Stalker]
Kellari Parea: Goldie Hawn met with a psychic healer for lunch at the Gramercy Park bistro. [Page Six/NYP]
Prime KO: Michelle Trachtenberg had a “snugglefest” with her boyfriend during their meal; a friend dining with them no doubt felt like a total third wheel. [People]
Rao’s: Governor Paterson got quite the welcome at the classic Harlem eatery — an impromptu performance from a local church band, who’d set up in the street just prior to his arrival. [Page Six/NYP]
Scores: RHONJ’s Danielle Staub celebrated her birthday true to form with a trashtastic party and dinner at a strip club. [NYDN]
Soho House: Anthony Mackie turned down a date with “biracial butterfly” Jade Cole (of America’s Next Top Model infamy) at a Mark Ecko campaign launch event, choosing instead to dine later with the designer himself. [Page Six/NYP]
Via Dei Mille: Ex-Giant Michael Strahan and his wife, Nicole Murphy, met up with Benicio del Toro for dinner; some “Brazilian beauties” were also in attendance. [Page Six/NYP]
Villa Pacri: Footballer Thierry Henry, newly signedto the New York Red Bulls, lunched with girlfriend Andrea Rajacic. [Page Six/NYP]

A Song for Governor Paterson at Rao’s; a Dance for Danielle Staub at