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Pulse Restaurant and Bar, New York, NY

Pulse Restaurant and Bar

3.7
3.7
169 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Overlooking the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, Pulse is the ideal setting for your special occasion. From corporate dinners to cocktail receptions, we can host a variety of private events in our dining room, bar, café, and conference room. Experience a seated dinner in our private dining room - a classic and sophisticated space. Our menu is a light, delicious mediterreanan cuisine utilizing local fish, meat and fresh produce.Several vegetarian options and always have a focus in heatlh and nutrition.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Early Bird Pre Fixe Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 218-8666
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We offer off-site catering. Either at the restaurant or at your location, we are dedicated to providing an elegant dining experience with superb service as our professional staff will work with you to ensure every detail is perfect. Catering menus are available on the restaurant's website.
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, Pulse is the ideal setting for your special occasion. From corporate dinners to cocktail receptions, we can host a variety of private events in our dining room, bar and café.
  • Private party contact
    Nick Castiglione: (212) 218-8663
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What 169 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3Value

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169 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were the only two people in the restaurant on a Friday night. Food was great, but we felt rushed as the only server was closing up the bar while waiting on us.

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  2. MinehahaC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The place was a ghost town on a Wed evening. It's a good place for afternoon tea. But definitely not an intimate place.

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  3. jen59

    Charlotte

    146 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    food was okay but strange location for restaurant-right next to cafeteria, kept hearing the blender. service was poor, our server never came back after our food was brought to check on us, and we were the only diners

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  4. frances

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was pretty good: we had tuna tartare, lobster blt, and hangar steak. The steak wasn't cooked properly; we sent it back. Second time was only slightly better. Everything else was pretty good besides the massive bowl of mayo that came with the lobster blt? View is lovely: Rockefeller center, the tree, the rink. Nobody else was there for lunch. Very quiet.

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  5. Mary

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great out of the way place to have a nice meal - lunch or dinner. Beautiful view of the tree, without the crowds and high price point of other locations. Also has a "café" for casual/self serve dining.

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  6. GCMom

    New York City

    39 reviews

    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This is basically the juice bar at the Equinox gym that shreds the floor, with a fe hot options. Food was mediocre. Nice view of Rockefeller tree, but that is the only good feature. Says something that week between Christmas and New Years at 7 pm we were the ONLY table there. Skip it.

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  7. RSP1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. View of Rockefeller ice skating rink and Christmas tree was astounding.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent location right in Rockefeller plaza with views of the Christmas tree and rink. However not crowded and so much more reasonably priced compared to the other restaurants in that area. The server James was excellent. Food was great good and service prompt. While they do not have a kids menu, he offered a number of options they could prepare for kids ranging from breakfast items to flat breads, pasta etc. Extremely pleasurable experience. Only challenge is finding it. Go through the Equinox entrance to the third floor and turn left. Hidden Gem for NYC

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  9. KarenRN1112

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Was attracted by reviews regarding the view of the tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Only viewed if you're a giraffe, sitting at a table in front of the window! Restaurant itself is difficult to find, and basically a "dressed-up" corner of a cafeteria. Menu is limited. Prices very reasonable by Manhattan standards. However, taste is average, at best. Lobster BLT had very little lobster. Asian Short Rib had little flavor, was very tender yet dry. Tuna tartare was molded with diced mango and avocado, little seasoning - served with potato chips (?) Scallops were "good" according to my husband. Too many other choices in the city to waste your time here.

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  10. SusannahL

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good view of the Christmas tree and skaters in Rockefeller Center. It was quiet and kid friendly. The food was not very good. Three of us had tasteless Lobster BLT's.

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  11. MarkA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu as good and service was great. Interesting location - like a hidden gem.

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  12. MikeD

    New York City

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quiet and hidden great view of tree

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the ambience, the wait staff - all were outstanding! Can't wait to go again!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed in the food. We ordered a variety on the menu and either the flavor was off or food was dry. For example, the seafood soup was terrible. All four of us tried the soup and thought the same thing. The short ribs were not edible either because they were overly dry. The salmon was also dry and the rice/cabbage side underneath was lacking flavor. The service and the scenic view are the best things about the restaurant but not enough for me or my family to go back.

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  15. KathyK

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great view of Rockefeller center but service and food were only average

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation for lunch before going to Radio City Music Hall, and it was close by. We called ahead to get exact directions to get to the restaurant in Rockefeller Plaza, as it is hard to find if you don't know your way around. You have to go through the door of the Equinox Gym and take the elevator to the third floor. The restaurant is small, quiet, and has a view of the skating rink and Christmas Tree. We had a nice, relaxing meal, and had attentive waiter and waitress both. Our meal ( 4 of us ) was comprised of Grilled chicken salads, and a Seafood Risotto, which was yummy. We didn't have any cocktails, but had tea and coffee. No dessert, as we had to leave for the show. I would go back.

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  17. Blues

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice restaurant with a friendly staff in the heart of Midtown. Creative menu, moderate pricing and within an easy walk of Times Square, St. Pat's and Radio City. The view of the Rockefeller Center Rink was a bonus.

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  18. Lelia

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was mediocre -- waitress seemed indifferent, impersonal. Food was good, but restaurant lacks charm, little atmosphere. Carpet needs replacing! I was glad to get out of there.

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  19. DennisG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    There was no one else dining the whole time we were there. The bartender was our server. He was excellent. It was a strange location. You had to walk thru a fast food deli then the bar to get to the tables. Not what we expected.

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  20. SarahT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Pulse was good...food was delicious though my med. rare was more med. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. It was a Monday night and we were the only ones in there which was kinda weird. Hard to find it as it is on third floor of an athletic gym, then your first view off the elevator is of a cafeteria (must be the gym's) and you walk through it to get to Pulse which doesn't do it any favors! Also, when the cafeteria makes a smoothie for someone you can't hear yourself talk! sounds like you're in the kitchen...so location is very bad except we did have a view of the lighted trees and flags and rink all around Rockefeller Plaza...if they can just move that cafeteria!

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  21. CONNIEW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    John, the maître D' was excellent!. Incredibly polite and helpful. Our waiter was very polite and helpful as well. The young host and hostesses were not as well trained as they should have been for such a nice place. The food was quite inferior for the price. The view was beautiful. I wish a jacket was required for the men. most people were very under dressed for such an expensive . The casualness of the guests under minded the quality of the place.

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  22. JoanB

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Expensive given that it is hanging off of a cafeteria style space. More separation and or a more private entrance would be better. Still it is priced similarly to other restaurants in the area for lunch salads.

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  23. bgbw

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fine and waiter service attentive, but what used to be a quiet hideaway lunch spot with a great view of the Rockefeller Center skating rink plaza is no longer. The adjacent cafeteria salad bar features chefs chopping salads at a furious pace, the noise so loud we had to ask the waiter if anything could be done. Won't be going back soon.

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  24. MrnSD

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm checking the "great for lunch" box because I'm assuming 99% of the restaurant's business is the lunch crowd. Why do I say that? Because at peak dinner time, we were literally the only people in the place aside from one guy sitting in their bar/cafe in the next room. But the food was excellent, prices were typical of the City, and the waiter was friendly.

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  25. Hank

    New York City

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very good Asian-influenced menu, attractive setting, attentive service and sensible pricing.

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  26. bistrolvr

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable (service was a bit off this recent time, but normally good); food is healthy, and the view of Rock Center is lovely. Also, it's quiet (huge relief) for easy conversation.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was difficult to find but was a find. The food was outstanding as was the service. We were not disappointed with anything.

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  28. oceanbreeze

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    After reading several reviews for PULSE I booked a lunch reservation. What a great surprise for the area where restaurants are a bit pricey. My friend and I were the only customers at the restaurant. We sat at a table overlooking the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. The waiter and waitress were very attentive and friendly. Our 3 course price fix lunch was delicious! Not only was the food yummy but the presentation and freshness were outstanding!! A glass of wine with our lunch was inexpensive in comparison to New York prices. I would definitely return to PULSE!!

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  29. MarAnn

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the second year that we had lunch at Pulse during the holiday season. The view is amazing of course, but cannot say enough about the service and the food. The staff is so accommodating and friendly, and the food is really very healthy, fresh and a great value. We plan to make this a yearly tradition!!

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  30. CarolA

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drink in this tucked away gem. Window views of 'the tree' at Rockefeller Center. Up a couple of floors so no outdoor seating available. Small dining room, with a full bar. A cafeteria style eating area on the other side of the bar also available which always seems busy. Friendly staff and great service experienced each time I've been there.

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  31. Citygal

    London

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    This restuarant is accessed via the entrance to a gym and their canteen. it is right in the middle of the Rockefeller complex and the windows overlook the ice rink, but we went on a thursday night at 8PM and were the only diners! The menu was interesting, the food was good and well cooked, good value for the location , the waiter was very pleasant-but we were the only people there! the seating is only separated from the canteen by a mobile screen-just no atmosphere .

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  32. tlmNJ

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We got together with our friends from Calif at Pulse not knowing much about this restaurant. We had a great time with James 's brilliant good timing for everything that we ordered. ..from cocktails to main course etc. The food was very good although my hubby would have liked a bigger portion of the steak. Would recommend this to my friends. The view of the skating rink n the Christmas tree is priceless. Again, James is a great asset of this restaurant.

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  33. MW02

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    A little restaurant tucked away around the corner from Equinox. The food was good and very reasonable for the area. Our waiter was attentive and our food came out quickly. The dining room was neat and clean, but definitely felt like you were sitting in the table service side of the cafeteria. That said, our meal was delicious! I would absolutely go back again!

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  34. Mimaayo

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They were closed for a special event but immediately honored our reservations. We were treated like royalty by everyone. The food and drinks were outstanding.

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  35. foodieNista

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    What a treat to find a spot in Rockefeller Plaza that is not over priced AND has a happy hour! Ask for the AMAZING James at the bar to make you a blueberry martini...he was a the cherry on top!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the tuna tartar. Our waiter was so nice. He tried to help with my dying phone, by letting me borrow his charging cord but my battery backup was not working.

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  37. LisaM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I recently re-visited one of my favorite NYC restaurants. Pulse is located inside the Equinox gym in Rockefeller Center. It is more than just a cafe. They have about 8 tables hidden behind the bar area with lovely view of the skating rink area. I have been here several times for dinner and it never disappoints. Perhaps this place is bustling at lunchtime, but at dinner you will find a quiet table to linger over a good meal and not be rushed out. Their price fixe menu is a great value for great food. The next time you are looking for a good meal and a great spot to spend time catching up with someone, head over to Pulse.

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  38. luv2dine

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were a bit apprehensive when we entered and saw a self service restaurant. But we were guided to the back where the sit down area is. We were seated by the window overlooking the Plaza of Rockefeller Center. Killer view. The waiter was extremely courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. We told him we don't eat meat and he mentioned an off menu vegetarian item But we do eat fish so I ordered the tuna and my husband ordered the Salmon. The Salmon was just delicious as was the side dish. My tuna was a bit bland but the quinoa pilaf was terrific. I have already recommended the restaurant to my friends. Great find off the beaten track.

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  39. GusGus

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the atmosphere great. We were a party of four and all enjoyed the food. My cod was really good. The view of Rockefeller Center on a rainy night was grand. We definitely will return.

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  40. Frolic1

    New York City

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Went before show at Radio City. VERY hard to find, had to call and they told us to enter through the Equinox Gym entrance. As other reviews mentioned, walk past the front cafeteria-like room to access the restaurant in the rear. Dining room is very corporate, nothing warm or inviting, but we were seated at window with a great view of the skating rink. Only one other couple was dining, and server told us they were usually busy at lunch and quiet at dinner. Considering that other restaurants at Rock Center are very expensive, the fixed price $33 three course menu was a bargain. Food very good and fresh and because they did not have the bottle of wine we chose, our server gave us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne.

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Pulse Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 218-8666.

Pulse Restaurant and Bar is rated 3.7 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Pulse Restaurant and Bar

45 Rockefeller Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10111

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Early Bird Pre Fixe Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 218-8666
  • Catering
    We offer off-site catering. Either at the restaurant or at your location, we are dedicated to providing an elegant dining experience with superb service as our professional staff will work with you to ensure every detail is perfect. Catering menus are available on the restaurant's website.
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, Pulse is the ideal setting for your special occasion. From corporate dinners to cocktail receptions, we can host a variety of private events in our dining room, bar and café.
  • Private party contact
    Nick Castiglione: (212) 218-8663
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