Get ready for Roy Choi's Best Friend
With the French-influenced all-day fare at Primrose, the classic-yet-upbeat Bavette’s Steakhouse from Chicago and the newly opened NoMad Restaurant, an icon of fine dining from Manhattan, the new restaurant offerings at Park MGM have been a model of refined style. Now it’s time for something else: the straight-from-the-street food and attitude of Best Friend, a new creation from pioneering L.A. chef Roy Choi.
The man behind the Kogi BBQ food truck empire is ready to blend his L.A. Koreatown roots with the edgiest aspects of Vegas dining with this unique restaurant slated to open Dec. 19. The entrance is modeled after a corner liquor store while the main dining room has the feel of a picnic in a sleek, serene garden environment—with some neon art thrown in for good measure. It’s definitely a departure from the swanky surroundings that we’ve seen so far at Park MGM, an injection of irreverent fun and flavor.
And Choi has been teasing wild fusion dishes he might be serving on Best Friend’s menu on his Instagram account, including reimagined favorites from his acclaimed restaurants Chego and A-Frame. In the chef’s own words: “Hip hop-to-bibimbap. Kimchi-to-spaghetti. Barbecue and late-night food. My neighborhood mixed with the Vegas good-good.”