Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill – Now Open!
Au Hôtels Rosen & Resorts, we are very proud of our family heritage. Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill pays tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit and the courage of Harry Rosenofsky, paternal grandfather of our founder Harris Rosen. Indeed, Harris is named after his granddad Harry.
The Rosen family story begins in the early 1900’s when Harry left his family in the Ukraine to create a better life for them in America. Soon after his arrival, Harry took a job in a Jewish restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Several years later he leased a tiny storefront and created his own little gathering place, serving fresh meats, vegetables, soups and appetizers to the bustling Jewish and Italian immigrant communities. Soon after, Harry sent for his wife, Cecelia, and their four children. Harry and Cecelia welcomed a fifth child, Jack Rosen, Harris’s Dad. The entire family eventually worked in the restaurant, which grew to attract some celebrity patrons, including Meyer Lansky and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. According to urban legend, the two held regular “meetings” at the restaurant. At one such meeting, Lansky is alleged to have used his talent as an automotive engineer to sketch out a drawing for a new Model T engine that he claimed could outrun anything else on the road (like the cops).
Harry would probably marvel at the size and scope of Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill. We hope you will enjoy its casual ambience and its tropical flavors. Relax and enjoy. Et, by the way, feel free to hold all of your “meetings” right here.
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From Our Family to Yours
In keeping with our tradition of acknowledging both our family history and our fond memories in many of our dining outlets at Rosen Centre, we proudly introduce Sam and Bubbe’s, named in honor of our Founder Harris Rosen’s maternal grandparents, Sam and Rose “Bubbe” Rosenhaus. (Bubbe is Yiddish for grandma.)
We like to think that the good food and hospitality you enjoy here are not far removed from that of Bubbe’s own kitchen. A native of Austria/Hungary, Bubbe had a reputation for being both a fabulous hostess and an incredible cook, making all of her dishes from scratch. Our menu, featuring specialty drinks and traditional Jewish noshes, is truly inspired by Bubbe, a woman who during the dark days of the Great Depression made potato vodka in the family bathtub to help make ends meet. Her combined talents are showcased once again nearly a century removed.
The Rosenhaus family lived in an area of New York City’s Lower East Side that was home to iconic landmarks like the famous Fulton Fish Market and the bustling Essex Street Market. According to Harris, family dinners were sumptuous feasts and the sounds of Hungarian, German and Yiddish filled the air, particularly on Friday evenings.
Sam owned a barrel-making business, but he liked to tell people that he was also in the “oil” business. He would literally scrape the bottoms of barrels once used by Standard Oil of New Jersey and sell what he managed to salvage. It was Sam who once told his 10-year-old grandson Harris that he had a special “gene”. While the boy thought he meant “jean,” as in blue jeans, he later came to realize that his grandfather was referring to an “entrepreneurial gene,” and that one day he would grow up and go into business for himself, just like his grandpa, which is of course what Harris ultimately did.
Please relax and enjoy a taste of Bubbe’s favorite noshes.
Lunch Service: 11:00sur - 2:30pm
Dinner Service: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
All Day Pool Menu: 2:30pm - 11:00pm