Restaurants in New York and Los Angeles play host to some of the best noodle dishes outside of Japan.
Courtesy of Gonpachi
Los Angeles: Gonpachi
Opened in Beverly Hills in 2007, this is the $6 million outpost of the Tokyo restaurant that served as the model for the House of Blue Leaves in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. From the moment you enter you’ll be dazzled by the design—the lovely courtyard, the elegant bar. Stick to the grilled sumiyaki menu and revel in the terrific soba made fresh by a hardworking chef behind glass. Dinner, $50. At 134 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-659-8887; globaldiningca.com.