Best Friend Las Vegas: The King of KBBQ

The Las Vegas Strip may be close to Chinatown, but what if the craving for Korean barbecue hits in an instant? Chef Roy Choi has just the spot to satisfy those wants, and it’s right in the middle of the Strip.

Best Friend Las Vegas by Roy Choi is the latest of the Asian restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip to make waves. To see other amazing eateries, like the Japanese restaurants on the Strip and other cuisine, check out our Las Vegas Strip map.

About Best Friend Restaurant

photo by Audrey Ma

Come hungry for flavor — and so much food — at Best Friend Las Vegas. The fresh new ideas from the chef’s menu incorporate Mexican influences into the traditional Korean flavors.

Many of the flavors are divided into LA Sh*t and Vegas Sh*t, and all the food is highlighted by the hip hop music and Some can’t-miss dishes include:

  • Kimchi fried rice: A staple at any KBBQ restaurant worth its salt, Roy Choi made sure to include the savory poached egg atop caramelized kimchi in the dish.
  • Buttermilk fried chicken: Korean wings and BBQ are ahead of US-based chicken restaurants.
  • Slippery shrimp: An amazing mix of walnuts and chili mayo tops this seafood dish.

More options include spicy pork, kalbi, pickled vegetables and other delicacies that are present on every dinner table in Southeast Asia.

Desserts walk on the traditional fruit-based side. The medjool date cake is imbibed with sticky-sweet caramel and ice cream, and this is the only place to get a gochujang pot de creme with spicy pecans.

Pro tip: For the best of all worlds, the Chef Menu includes portions of all the good food like garlic chicken, street corn and 반찬 banchan (side dishes). Order the chefs menu for $69.

Don’t Forget the Drinks

Eating dinner at a Korean restaurant demands some signature beverages to go with the delicious food. Choose from traditional soju and maekju (beer) or classic cocktails and fun slushies. Wine, beer, mocktails and soft drinks are also available.

About Chef Roy Choi

Korean-American chef Roy Choi grew up in Southern California, after his family emigrated from Seoul, South Korea in the ’70’s. Choi graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and immediately kicked off his ventures, including an internship at Le Bernadin and starting his own hospitality company.

After finding notable success with his LA-based taco truck Kogi — and the short rib tacos that accompanied it — Choi started looking towards the restaurant business. He brought the ideas behind Kogi to Commissary and expanded his portfolio with Chego and A-Frame, and his chef show success also catapulted his name.

Between those TV appearances and previous restaurant ventures, Roy Choi has been in cahoots with John Favreau and Daniel Patterson to create all the flavors of legacy.

Visit Best Friend Las Vegas by Roy Choi

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photo courtesy of MGM International

This blend of Korean cuisine, Mexican delights, Los Angeles flavor and Las Vegas vibrance makes Best Friend the place to be any night of the week. It’s the perfect addition to the restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip and the Vegas Korean BBQ spots sprinkled throughout the city. We’ll see you there.

Reservations are recommended. Guests move through a liquor store and retail shop full of the classic products like snacks and soju to get to the main dining area. Once inside this colorful hideaway, sit at a high-top table with vibrant bar stools to soak in the music, fun and an unforgettable menu.

Can’t make it in to visit? Best Friend’s Facebook page provides a peek into the store from the comfort of home.

About Park MGM Hotel

Park MGM is a newer hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s a charming stay that is non-smoking with the comfortable elegance of a European getaway. The contemporary atmosphere of Park MGM is brought to visitors in the center of the Strip, with NoMad Las Vegas resting at the top. Some of the most iconic names in music and entertainment host their residencies at the nearby Dolby Live Theater, and the dining is both transportive and transformative. Read more about Park MGM Hotel and its luxury offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Best Friend by Roy Choi Las Vegas

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photo courtesy of MGM International

Is Best Friend by Roy Choi open?

Yes, Best Friend is open after briefly closing for the pandemic. It is located inside Park MGM, one of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Best Friend is open from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5:00 pm to 12 am Friday and Saturday.

Is Best Friend kid-friendly?

Best Friend is one of the kid-friendly restaurant options on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s a great place for any party size to enjoy a fun and amazing meal. Visit Best Friend to share a meal with friends and family, and don’t forget to check out the other restaurant and bar experiences on the Strip.

Where is Best Friend located?

Best Friend is at Park MGM Las Vegas on the casino floor. Head to this center Strip hotel for some of the best food and helpful service and atmosphere around.

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