Martin’s is more Irish pub than American bar, a place where people bring their families, sweethearts, political opponents, and pals. And it’s been like that since the first William Martin opened the tavern in 1933; 83 years later, the fourth Billy Martin is behind the bar, great grandson of the first.
Picture wood paneling and equestrian prints upon the walls, flowered-glass light fixtures, wooden booths, and glasstops securing white tablecloths. The place fills most evenings, every stool at the bar and every booth taken.
The menu matches the decor: comfortably classic. Look for burgers, pot roasts, soups, and salads.
Presidents, from Truman to George W. Bush have stopped in, but Martin’s might be most famous as the place where Pres. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 (booth #3 is the “proposal booth”). Pres. Obama has yet to visit, but he still has time.