Sure, a place located in a health club will offer heart-healthy food—but there’s more to Pulse than that. The warmly lit room, in pumpkin tones and blond wood, is a romantic setting, helped along by extra-attentive service and a view overlooking the ice rink. The savory glaze on the Chinese baby back ribs has a wicked kick, and the crisp exterior of grilled soft-shell crab gives way to tender, smoky meat. Desserts are foolproof—crème brûlées, enlivened with raspberry-ginger or jasmine tea, are served in Chinese soup spoons.
Sports Club/LA, 45 Rockefeller Plaza
|Cross street:||between 50th and 51st Sts, third floor|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V|