The Morning Call - - GUIDE - By Ryan Kneller

Whether you’re a meat lover, veg­e­tar­ian or non-dis­crim­i­na­tory eater of all things, an up­dated menu at Al­len­town’s Union & Finch res­tau­rant fea­tures cre­ative dishes for all di­ets.

The 1528 W. Union St. bistro, owned by hus­band and wife Ed and Shah­naz Hanna, a cou­ple of weeks ago introduced more than a dozen new menu items, in­clud­ing sal­ads such as quinoa tabouli and ado­bosea­soned grilled tuna taco and sand­wiches such as a falafel burger and “Gold La­bel Burger” (cus­tom 8-ounce Pat LaFrieda blend, made ex­clu­sively for Union & Finch, fea­tur­ing prime dry-aged beef cuts topped with caramelize­d onions).

“The Gold La­bel Burger is of­fered in lim­ited quan­ti­ties weekly due to the beef blend,” Ed noted.

Sup­ple­ment­ing ex­ist­ing en­trees ($14-$28) such as chicken and waffle, steak frites and veg­e­tar­ian loaf are new main cour­ses such as pan-seared branzino topped with heir­loom to­mato br­uschetta, creamy risotto and as­para­gus; Caribbean duck breast with coconut quinoa and long grain rice, mango chut­ney and arugula salad; and gau­cho steak, an 8-ounce Pat LaFrieda flat iron steak with chimichurr­i, sweet potato fries, fried plan­tains and as­para­gus.

Two new pasta dishes in­clude ve­gan spaghetti, made with roasted spaghetti squash and heir­loom to­mato po­modoro sauce; and “Not Your Momma’s Pasta,” fea­tur­ing house­made pap­pardelle topped with a Bolog­nese sauce of beef, pork and veal.

Other new ad­di­tions in­clude small plates ($5-$12) such as bur­rata, kim­chi slid­ers and bat­tered-and-fried smelts with harissa sauce.

Union & Finch, cel­e­brat­ing its third an­niver­sary this week­end, of­fers weekly spe­cials in­clud­ing “Wing It Wed­nes­days,” fea­tur­ing half price wings and beer pitcher spe­cials, and “Burger & Beer Thurs­days,” fea­tur­ing the Union Burger and any draft beer for $10. For reser­va­tions, call 610-4321522.

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