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NYTimes: 103-year-old dines out every night on fish says, "It’s my therapy, it lifts my spirits.”

zippo Sep 29, 2013 10:35 AM

Harry Rosen , 103, eats out every night and always gets the fish.

excerpts from NY Times:

“It’s my therapy, it lifts my spirits,” he said Wednesday evening while examining the menu with a magnifying glass at David Burke Townhouse on East 61st Street.

Twice a week, a server there greets him, walks him to his usual corner table and brings his regular glass of chardonnay, his appetizer of raw salmon and tuna, and then the swordfish, skin removed, with vegetables specially puréed for his dentures to handle.

“The food and the ambience, it’s my therapy — it gives me energy,” he said.


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  1. JonParker RE: zippo Sep 29, 2013 12:25 PM

    In the clip you posted, I really had to wonder why he's examining the menu when he apparently eats the same thing every time.

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      penthouse pup RE: JonParker Sep 29, 2013 01:27 PM

      He's holding a photograph of himself when he was a young man, not a menu.

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        JonParker RE: penthouse pup Sep 29, 2013 02:54 PM

        I wasn't referring to the picture, I was referring to the text.

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        julesrules RE: JonParker Sep 29, 2013 02:42 PM

        Maybe he just likes reading menus. I used to spend a lot of time online reading menus of restaurants I would most likely never go to (I've since moved on to perusing clothes I will never buy...)

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          littlemissmuffin RE: julesrules Nov 24, 2013 09:14 AM

          How funny - I have done the opposite. I used to salivate over couture, now I just ogle charcuterie.

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          EricMM RE: JonParker Sep 30, 2013 08:58 AM

          It said he orders fish every time, but it isn't always the same fish.

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            JonParker RE: EricMM Sep 30, 2013 09:02 AM

            I was really being flippant because it seemed like a dumb mistake on the part of the reporter, but it does say that twice a week he gets his sashimi app, swordfish and vegetables.

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          HillJ RE: zippo Sep 29, 2013 02:36 PM

          God bless you, Harry Rosen! You inspire me.

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            beevod RE: zippo Sep 30, 2013 07:37 AM

            I'd like to meet hiss life coach

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              julesrules RE: zippo Sep 30, 2013 09:02 AM

              Oh my, I just skimmed the article and I love that he doesn't tell people his true age because then that becomes the sole topic of conversation. Thanks for posting this one, it's uplifting beyond the usual scope of chowhound, while still eminently relatable on that level.

              1. LindaWhit RE: zippo Sep 30, 2013 09:08 AM

                I got such a HUGE grin on my face when I read this:

                Mr. Rosen said he would like to find a regular dining companion. A recent six-month fling with a 90-year-old woman he met at synagogue did not work out.


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                  EM23 RE: LindaWhit Sep 30, 2013 09:14 AM

                  I'm sharing that grin! Lovely piece.

                2. pinehurst RE: zippo Sep 30, 2013 09:11 AM

                  Super story.

                  1. Phaedrus RE: zippo Oct 1, 2013 06:29 AM

                    I found a new hero for living.

                    1. Jacquilynne RE: zippo Nov 19, 2013 06:52 AM

                      Harry Rosen goes to EMP: http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2013...

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                        davis_sq_pro RE: Jacquilynne Nov 19, 2013 07:39 AM

                        Great story! Thanks for sharing the link.

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                          HillJ RE: Jacquilynne Nov 19, 2013 08:07 AM

                          Glad to see the story is well rec'd in several places.

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                            LindaWhit RE: Jacquilynne Nov 19, 2013 09:31 AM

                            Absolutely lovely story. :-)

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                            Violatp RE: zippo Nov 23, 2013 01:18 AM

                            Oh, he was married for 70 years! Goodness, I don't know if they make 'em like this anymore. :-)

                            1. foodieX2 RE: zippo Nov 23, 2013 11:01 AM

                              Thank you for sharing. Wonderful.

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