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Entry from April 13, 2021
New York Steamer (slang)

"New York Steamer” is a trademarked sub sandwich from Firehouse Subs, a Florida-based restaurant chain. The chain began in 1994, and the name was also trademarked in 1994. Firehouse Subs describes the New York Steamer as “USDA Choice Corned beef brisket and pastrami, melted provolone, deli mustard, mayo, and Italian dressing.”

The name “New York” was probably chosen because the sandwich resembles New York deli sandwiches of corned beef and pastrami. “Steamer” might possibly evoke the famous 1807 steamboat of Robert Fulton (1765-1815). “Steamer” might also mean hot food, especially food that is steamed. “Steamie” ("steamé" in French) is the name of a Montreal hot dog.

In the 1990s, the slang term “Cleveland steamer” developed, with “steamer” meaning a (steaming/steamrolling) pile of defecation. The term “New York Steamer” was added to the Urban Dictionary on June 24, 2009, and again to the Urban Dictionary on January 13, 2010, but the New York term is not standard slang and appears just an arbitrary extension of “Cleveland Steamer.”

“Some of the names of Firehouse subs sound like Urban Dictionary sex positions, e.g., ‘New York Steamer’” was posted on Twitter by Nate on February 7, 2011. “Just ate a fully involved Hook-n-Ladder sub from FireHouse Subs. Which inspired me to make my own New York Steamer in the restroom!” was posted on Twitter by paucoo on February 18, 2011. “@FirehouseSubs New York Steamer? Really? That’s what my dog leaves on the lawn on a cold day” was posted on Twitter by Daniel Deaton on December 3, 2014.

How do Firehouse Subs employees feel about the frequent customer jokes on the sandwich name? “I had a guy do this the other day, one of our subs at work is called a New York Steamer and he went on making joking about Cleveland steamers as I rung him and other people were behind him, I did my best to smile, not role my eyes, and not say fuck off” was posted on Twitter by James Bradford II on Deember 16, 2019.


Wikipedia: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs is a U.S.-based restaurant chain founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by former firefighter brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen. Firehouse Subs has opened over 1,190 restaurants in 46 states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations.

Firehouse Subs
New York Steamer®
USDA Choice Corned beef brisket and pastrami, melted provolone, deli mustard, mayo, and Italian dressing.

Wikipedia: Steamer
Steamer may refer to:

Transportation
. Steamboat, smaller, insular, steam-powered boats on lakes and rivers, particularly riverboats
(...)
Other uses
. Steamer (appliance), an appliance that aids in steaming food
. Steamer (milk), a flavored milk drink

Wiktionary: Cleveland steamer
Noun
Cleveland steamer
(plural Cleveland steamers)
1. (slang) A sexual act involving defecating on someone’s chest, then sitting in it and rolling back and forth like a steamroller.

Newspapers.com
29 October 1999, Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, “Fired up about subs” by Kim McCoy, pg. 1E, col. 2:
Customers munch on sandwiches with names such as “Engine Company” and “New York Steamer.”

Urban Dictionary
New York Steamer
A New York Steamer is a sexual act, in which the male, after having anal, retracts his shit covered dick and awaits the chick to lick her own shit off his cock.
“Heyyyy man, I screwed this hot chick last night.”
“Cool, what ya do?”
“New York Steamer”

by Beaver in Bahrain June 24, 2009

Twitter
Evo D. Clown
@TweetNoEvo
I want a firehouse sub...a New York Steamer to be exact. Even though the name sounds like a dirty sex act…
10:41 AM · Oct 15, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Urban Dictionary
New York Steamer
Much like the Cleveland Steamer, except that while you are steamrolling the fecal matter onto your partners chest you yell “I’m working here!! I’m working here!!” in a New Yorker accent.
I upped the usual ante last night by giving her a New York Steamer instead of a regular Cleveland Steamer.
by JoeOh January 13, 2010

Twitter
dj so sad
@DJSoSadRN
“The New York Steamer” may be the most disgusting name for a sandwich ever.
3:18 PM · Nov 30, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Nate
@sqrl_master
Some of the names of Firehouse subs sound like Urban Dictionary sex positions, e.g., “New York Steamer.”
6:29 PM · Feb 7, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
paucoo
@paucoo
Just ate a fully involved Hook-n-Ladder sub from FireHouse Subs. Which inspired me to make my own New York Steamer in the restroom!
2:56 PM · Feb 18, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Luke Brisk
@BriskOh
“When at Firehouse subs don’t mix up the New York Steamer with the Cleveland” Lee
3:02 PM · Jun 17, 2011·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Mr Attack Mask
@AttackResist
There’s a sandwich here called the New York Steamer. A slightly classier Cleveland Steamer, maybe? http://4sq.com/16NJw0d
7:08 PM · Apr 10, 2013·Foursquare

Twitter
Mark Gutierrez
@TechyMark
@FirehouseSubs Please come to NYC already! You do have a sub called the NEW YORK Steamer.
4:02 PM · Sep 1, 2014 from Panama City Beach, FL·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Daniel Deaton
@DeatonCAPT
@FirehouseSubs New York Steamer? Really? That’s what my dog leaves on the lawn on a cold day.
4:45 PM · Dec 3, 2014·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Daniel Deaton
@DeatonCAPT
Bill DeBlasio should be known as the New York steamer.By steamer, I mean what a dog leaves on the grass on a winter day
8:11 PM · Dec 8, 2014·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Buck Futter
@AmedicusHowell
When ordering from Firehouse Subs, it’s called a New York Steamer, not a Cleveland Steamer....big difference....HUGE!!!!
2:32 PM · May 28, 2015·Twitter for Android

YouTube
FIREHOUSE SUBS® ☆NEW YORK STEAMER☆ Food Review!!!
Jan 13, 2017
FAST Food Pit Stops
Firehouse Subs NEW YORK STEAMER! Corned beef brisket, pastrami, melted provolone, deli mustard, mayo, and Italian dressing. I got this LARGE sub on Wheat Bread for all you health nuts! Plus a little Cheech Hot Sauce to kick it up!

Twitter
michelle sucks
@w_addams
New York Steamer… #firehousesubs you might want to reconsider using steamer in the name of your sandwich, it means pretty much what comes out of your ass the day after you eat one.
1:40 PM · Jan 29, 2019·Twitter Web Client

YouTube
#bigdaddysworld #foodreview #foodreviews
Firehouse Subs New York Steamer
Mar 20, 2018
BigDaddysWorld
Firehouse Subs New York Steamer - Steamed corned beef, steamed pastrami, provolone cheese, mustard, and mayo on a fresh warmed, chewy white bread sub roll. 

Twitter
𝙅𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙧𝙮 𝙊’𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣
@RadioPal1580
Ya learn something new every day! Getting lunch with @eacohen83 and we learned that… a ‘New York Steamer” is NOT a dirty bit of sex terminology. It’s just a sub from @FirehouseSubs
Sorry @D_Yount
3:02 PM · Apr 9, 2018·TweetDeck

Urban Dictionary
New York Steamer
A sloppy sandwich with a sexual reference. Usually eaten by Pueblo fold from El Paso.
Damn bro don’t be a kitty kat, put that New York Steamer in your mouth.
by Qbert 1978! October 23, 2019

Twitter
James Bradford II
@WarriorKingJae
I had a guy do this the other day, one of our subs at work is called a New York Steamer and he went on making joking about Cleveland steamers as I rung him and other people were behind him, I did my best to smile, not role my eyes, and not say fuck off.
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comrade boytoy
@kcdanger
· Dec 14, 2019
ok interestingly this is a rly good example of emotional labor. yr working at ur dumbass job that you get up at 6am for, tired af, and someone does something they think is cute but actually is almost unbearable/makes ur job harder. what do u do? service workers know: smile, a lot twitter.com/piscesintherap…
Show this thread
8:14 AM · Dec 16, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Dallas Bodkin
@Dallasbodkin
@FirehouseSubs you have a New York Steamer. Why don’t you have a Cleveland Steamer?
2:53 PM · Dec 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
duck
@Taleave
“New York steamer” sounds like some kind of fucked up kink involving fecal matter but it’s my favorite sub from firehouse
10:23 PM · Jan 18, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Firehouse Subs
@FirehouseSubs
Hear us out: A New York Steamer on an everything bagel-seasoned sub roll with cream cheese.
Bonus: Get double points on your entire order when you order an Everything Hook & Ladder or your favorite sub with an everything bagel-seasoned sub for $1 more for a medium.
12:33 PM · Feb 23, 2021·Sprout Social

(Trademark)
Word Mark NEW YORK STEAMER SUB
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: Food products, namely sandwiches. FIRST USE: 19940901. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19950215
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 78201483
Filing Date January 9, 2003
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition October 14, 2003
Registration Number 2802416
Registration Date January 6, 2004
Owner (REGISTRANT) Firehouse Restaurant Group, Inc. CORPORATION FLORIDA 12735 Gran Bay Parkway, Suite 150 Jacksonville FLORIDA 32258
Attorney of Record Lori S. Meddings
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “NEW YORK” and “SUB” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20131230.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20131230

(Trademark)
Word Mark NEW YORK STEAMER
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: Sandwiches. FIRST USE: 20050531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050531
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 77143712
Filing Date March 29, 2007
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 14, 2007
Registration Number 3323734
Registration Date October 30, 2007
Owner (REGISTRANT) Firehouse Restaurant Group, Inc. DBA Firehouse Subs CORPORATION FLORIDA 12735 Gran Bay Parkway, Suite 150 Jacksonville FLORIDA 32258
Attorney of Record Lori S. Meddings
Prior Registrations 2802416
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “NEW YORK” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20170110.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20170110
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