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The Van Dyck was opened in 1947 by Harlem refugee Marvin Friedman, who lured the finest names in jazz to its stage. Past patrons still recall some performances by Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, Marian McPartland, Coleman Hawkins, Hank Jones and Thelonious Monk.

The Van Dyck is considered one of the top "listening rooms" in the United States. Performers often say it's like playing in a studio, and jazz legend Elvin Jones called it "The best sound I've ever heard in my life."

With a corner on the local jazz beat, The Van Dyck expanded its musical offerings to pop, folk and rock performers. Herbie Mann, Chick Corea and Maynard Ferguson have shared the stage with Cyrus Chestnut, John Pizzarelli and Richie Havens.

The Van Dyck has undergone improvements to restore the look and feel of its glory days, while enhancing its listening and dining environments. Architectural details have been restored, private dining and meeting spaces created, and a resident microbrewery creates several of the bar's finest brews, piped straight to the taps. One thing hasn't changed at this historic restaurant and music venue. Guests will still find a vibe that is uniquely The Van Dyck.

In 2009 the Van Dyck reopened under new owners, the McDonald Family, giving this historic venue new life.  In 2011, the McDonald's again revitalized the Van Dyck by getting the formerly used brewery on premise functioning once more, under the name, the Mad Jack Brewing Company.  Fresh brews are made weekly, and can be seen through the open glass brewhouse behind the restaurant.  Sampler, growlers and kegs are available for purchase.  Come in and enjoy the freshest brews in the most historic setting in the city.