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In recent years, Japanese food has emerged as one of the most sought-after cuisines in America, and Americans are becoming discerning—no longer are we satisfied by half-priced sushi rolls or sickly-sweet chicken teriyaki. As with those looking for the most authentic and the best Mexican restaurants in America, diners now seek out only the finest Japanese, from raw-fish temples (we’ve got you covered with the best sushi restaurants in America) to yakitori specialists and of course, joints offering the best ramen in the USA (and yes, we know there are questions about the exact origins of ramen—but no time for ramen wars here). The noodle soups have come a long way since they (like pizza and donut shop pastries) were merely thought of as a poor college student staple. Customized strands and slow-simmered broths ensure that these are as satisfying and slurp-worthy as their Japanese originals. Get ready to tuck into belly-warming bowls of the best ramen in America. Follow Time Out USA on Facebook; sign up for the Time Out USA newsletter