Pulse Restaurant and Bar
45 Rockefeller Plaza, Third Floor
New York, NY 10111
(212) 218-8666 | Map
Finding lunch in Midtown can be a daunting task. Not because the neighborhood is lacking in restaurants or food trucks, but because the neighborhood is overflowing with options and usually teeming with people. If you're not navigating around those who work in Midtown, you're navigating around the tourists who want to gawk at the lights of Times Square or who want to people-watch and shop in Rockefeller Center or who want to stop in the middle of the sidewalk to snap pictures of the Chrysler Building or Bryant Park or the Empire State Building from Bryant Park.
Now, I'm going to share a little secret with you. I'm going to tell you about a restaurant I discovered while making plans for lunch with my friend (and sorority sister!) Kelly, who was in town for work. I needed to find a place that was close to my office and to her afternoon appointment, that wasn't terribly expensive, and that would either take reservations or take walk-ins without forcing us to wait too long. My research led us to Pulse Restaurant and Bar, where we dined at a table next to a window overlooking the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Perfect!
After looking over the regular menu and considering the options listed on the special lunch menu, Kelly and I both decided to get the Crab Cake Sandwich -- I skipped the citrus aioli, while she ordered the sandwich "as is." Our waitress was very considerate and came back to ask whether I wanted the coleslaw since it had mayonnaise in it. I thanked her for thinking to ask and requested that they hold the slaw. The sandwich and accompanying salad would be more than enough!
I loved how generous in size the crab cakes were. And they weren't made mostly of filler or heavily fried. The sandwich was seasoned really well and made for a nice treat for lunch. (I don't normally have crab in the middle of the day!) Kelly and I chose wisely.
Definitely consider Pulse Restaurant and Bar if you've never been. It was quite relaxing being able to enjoy a meal with a friend in the middle of Rockefeller Center without feeling like we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city. And, if you don't have time to dine-in, just grab something to-go at the cafe!
I'd like to thank Kelly for letting me borrow her digital camera so I could take pictures of our lunch. I was a bad blogger that day and left my camera at home.