It was a star-studded evening on Friday, December 28th, as Roy Choi opened Best Friend, his first Las Vegas restaurant inside Park MGM.

The quirky, colorful restaurant features a liquor shop in front, with a counter for casual eats, as well as merchandise for sale. Guests included pop superstar Katy Perry, DJ singer-songwriter Samantha Ronson, rapper and actor YG, actress Regina King, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei, and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 

photo by Robert Flicker

Perry was with friends center stage in the heart of the main dining room and experienced several unique dishes Choi has created to celebrate the various cultures of his LA neighborhood.

Choi’s dishes are known for his Mexican/Korean influence, and highlights from Katy Perry’s meal included the sizzling Spicy Pork marinated in a sweet and spicy kochujang sauce, the large-format Korean stew Tamarind Cod Hot Pot  with vermicelli noodles, and the creamy, crispy Slippery Shrimp.

Following the official afterparty at Park MGM’s modern speakeasy and club concept – On The Record – Tomei, King, and YG visited Best Friend for late-night meals to cap off an electric evening.

Roy Choi is best known for starting the food truck movement with his Kogi Korean taco truck. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America and spending time in several 4 and 5 star restaurants, Choi is the current owner of  Chego!, Sunny Spot, A-Frame and Pot. All are based in Los Angeles.