Anyone from out-of-town might get the wrong impression of Boston if they dined here. We were two younger Asian women here and I can't with certainty read minds and say this establishment was racist, ageist or sexist, but I will relate our service (or lack thereof).
My friend and I went into Abe & Louie's last night around 10:30 for dessert. We were seated but nobody would serve us. One waiter came and 'harrumphed' at us when we asked for a cocktail and dessert menu (we had told the maitre d' before being seated that we were here just for dessert).
About 5 minutes passed before the next waiter who came up to us was incredibly rude and told us that he simply didn't have time right now for dessert. He said we'd have to wait. He told us he had many tables to tend to. He said it would be a few minutes. But we'd just have to wait.
In the time he took to express all this, he could have just taken our orders. My first instinct was to get up and leave, but we thought - ok - maybe he just has a funny way of expressing himself. let's give him the benefit of the doubt. I regret this.
He passed us by several times for the next 12 minutes. It was ridiculous. We finally got up and before leaving spoke to the manager and told him we had been sitting here for almost 20 minutes and had no service, plus a waiter who was rude to us. Also that if they didn't want to serve us, they simply shouldn't have seated us. The man didn't so much as apologize. He just shrugged his shoulders and said, "if you want dessert, we can serve you dessert." It was as if he were doing us a favor. We left. They obviously didn't care for our business or even that we weren't being treated well there.
It's no secret that the primary clientele of places like this are older, male, Caucasian. But that's true of a lot of places where you get a great steak - and though I've had the occasional chauvinistic attitude from some waiters, it's never been rude or malicious (or even intentional, i feel). I've never been treated like this anywhere else in Boston. And I eat out a lot.
Take from this what you will, but I hope visitors to Boston avoid places like this and have a great time in the numerous other places available.