The Sushi there is the best in terms of cost performance as well as the total score. Ask specifically on the counter in front of Mr. Nakajima. Refer my name Ken Hokugo and he and the staff remembers me and will give you good seat and treat. Believe me, I am Japanese and have been in New York for 15 years. If you drink a bottle of wine, the cost will be like around $150 per person, but it is well worth it.
Italian - try Alto, on 53rd between 5th and Madison.