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Sep 29, 2013 10:35 AM

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

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. 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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    1. re: JonParker

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

      1. re: penthouse pup

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

      2. re: JonParker

        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...)

        1. re: julesrules

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

        2. re: JonParker

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

          1. re: EricMM

            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.

        3. God bless you, Harry Rosen! You inspire me.

          1. I'd like to meet hiss life coach

            1. 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. 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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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I'm sharing that grin! Lovely piece.