Japan is noodle nirvana, but you can also get superb soba, ramen, and udon without hopping on a plane to the Far East. (These are budget-conscious times, after all.) And the greatest concentration of Japanese noodle restaurants this side of Tokyo can be found in Los Angeles and New York. A short list hints at the options.
Great American Noodle Restaurants
Restaurants in New York and Los Angeles play host to some of the best noodle dishes outside of Japan.