Restaurants, American Midtown West
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.


Venue name: Pulse
Address: Sports Club/LA, 45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York
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
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