Address: 9F Ginza Velvia Kan 9F, 2-4-6 Ginza Chuo-ku
The soigné neighborhood during the 1920s, Ginza once again has Tokyo's hippest boutiques and most sparkling restaurants. Terence Conran's Iconicthe swankiest of the three restaurants that the lifestyle mogul has opened here over the past yearsits atop a new shopping-cum-entertainment complex. While its adjoining glass-and-metallic bar is pure space-age chic, the dining roomwith its rich earth tones, wood paneling, and dimpled leather banquettesfeels more like something a sixties-era African chieftain with particularly good taste would have designed. Asian inflections liven up French dishes: Turbot carpaccio is lightly slicked with yuzu dressing, and the standout spaghettini is twirled with cream and large flecks of uni, which lends it an unexpected aquatic flavor. The wine list and sommelier are excellent, the service hushed and somber, and the dessert cart theatricalgo for the pistachio and sour cherry layered mousse cake (prix fixes, $58$96).