I'm looking for a nice place for dinner in the upper east side, preferably the 80s but 70's are fine. A good place for a special event (birthday). I'm open to any style of food, though italian is one of our preferences. I've heard some good things about Luca, Rughetta and Paola's, if anyone cares to comment on them. I've also heard the Mark hotel has a good restaurant.
I'd also love to hear any sushi recommendations for this area. Thanks for the help!