GREENPOINT — It's an "elevated" twist on a summer treat.
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster is debuting a lobster corn dog on Saturday — but this handheld treat won't come from a frozen bag.
The dogs are made with the tails of live lobsters that come into the shop every morning from Maine, and they're coated with a cornmeal and flour mix with fresh roasted corn mixed in, said chef and co-owner Adam Geringer-Dunn.
Geringer-Dunn said he's been a pescatarian for some 13 years, and while he's admired and respected the corn dog, he's never eaten one himself until making the lobster version.
"It's a low-brow, high-brow thing," he explained. "By using lobster, we bring it back and elevate a classic American carnival food."
The crew at the less-than-year old Greenpoint seafood restaurant wanted to create a handheld summer food that could possibly be peddled at food markets like Smorgasburg. They brainstormed and came away with the lobster corn dog, Geringer-Dunn said.
Though the item won't be featured at any food markets just yet, it will be sold at the 114 Nassau Ave. eatery every day while supplies last.
The $15 lobster dog is topped with an aioli made with lemon, sea salt, tarragon and a bit of paprika, amd it's served with a side of potato wedges and coleslaw.
The hardest part about putting the dog together is making sure the lobster doesn't get overcooked, Geringer-Dunn said.
Once it's covered with the batter, it has to be fried — meaning it's possible for the meat inside to get a little too chewy, he said.
When cooked successfully, the result is a crunchy dog with a sweet combo of corn and lobster on the inside.
"It’s very summer appropriate," Geringer-Dunn said. "It's a no-brainer. You can't go wrong with it."