BOSTON (CBS) — Boston’s Faneuil Hall isn’t known for offering much inventive cuisine, but just steps away from the historic marketplace, that’s changing thanks to a restaurant named Koy.
Catarina Chang runs Koy, with help from her father, Danny, and her brother Dan.
The dining room is sleek and modern, the bar is always busy, and the kitchen blends Asian flavors with American favorites.
“We like taking the best of things from all different cultures and then just kind of seeing what we can come up with that makes you just love eating it,” says Dan.
Much of Koy’s menu is inspired by Korean dishes that are adapted from old family recipes.
“The strongest ties that I have with my family and my culture is food,” says Catarina “I really think that that is what ties us all together.”
“We want to introduce a high level of quality Korean food to non-Asian people,” says Danny.
So there are traditional dishes like hot stone bibimbap and glass noodles with beef and vegetables alongside not-so-traditional options like a kimchi burger or carnitas dumplings.
“It’s interesting because a lot of people aren’t expecting those kind of Spanish flavors to go in with a dumpling, but it works really well,” says Catarina.
In fact, the food here is so good, even the staff can’t resist.
“I’m in the kitchen more often than I should be, just because the food, the smell, the taste, it’s fantastic,” says Dan.
And since the Changs are so passionate about sharing such great food, it’s no surprise they want their customers to feel like family too.
“I want over everything for every guest to come in here and feel like they’re at home and they love being here,” says Catarina.
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