The owner of a New York City dive bar has struck back after the watering hole received a negative review on Yelp last week.
The website allows users, often referred to as Yelpers, write reviews and rate businesses on a five-star system.
User Megan B. gave The Iron Horse NYC, located in the city’s Financial District, one star in a review posted last Tuesday.
The owner of dive bar The Iron Horse NYC struck back on Yelp after a Yelper left the watering hole a negative review last week
The Facebook page for The Iron Horse NYC features numerous photographs of women partying on the bar
User Zbigniew S., who owns The Iron Horse NYC, pointed out in his response to Megan B. that the bar’s Yelp page indicates it is ‘Divey’ and ‘Loud’
A screenshot of the exchange was posted this week on Reddit, where it has received more than 800 comments. It was also posted on Imgur, where it has been viewed more than 1.4million times and received more than 120 comments.
Megan B. wrote on Yelp: ‘Wouldn’t recommend this to eat or for a quiet drink.
‘I met some friends here at 3pm in the afternoon and the music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other.
‘The service was terrible just to get a drink at the bar. The food was also terrible.’
Business owners can reply to reviews left on Yelp.
User Zbigniew S., who owns the bar in question, replied on the website last Wednesday.
He wrote: ‘I read other reviews you posted on Yelp for places you have also visited.
‘It seems you like quiet coffee shops and fancy food, none of which we have ever advertised to provide.’
Zbigniew S. pointed out the bar’s Yelp page indicates it is ‘Divey’ and ‘Loud.’
‘So if you’re going to complain, I was hoping it would be about something that we actually advertise that we provide,’ he wrote.
Zbigniew S. also said: ‘We have four stars on Yelp, but it’s not because our food will knock your socks off.
‘The four stars are there because most of our customers come in looking for a fun time and to get away from the mundane of the every day, while enjoying a simple, decent meal at a low price.’
He wrapped up by writing: ‘I give you 1 star as you are terrible at finding bars and restaurants that suit your tastes.
‘I’ll give you more stars if you come back and have a drink with me.’
On Saturday, The Iron Horse NYC shared the screenshot and the bar’s Yelp link on its Facebook page.
The bar wrote: ‘Some people just have no idea that every bar and restaurant is different, in our case, VERY different.
‘Those individuals should do a little research before confusing The Iron Horse for a quiet coffee shop serving fancy food.’
The exterior of The Iron Horse NYC, located in the Financial District, is seen here