Great American Noodle Restaurants

Restaurants in New York and Los Angeles play host to some of the best noodle dishes outside of Japan.

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.