LOS ANGELES — In the past four weeks, Upstairs at Cava has joined the ranks of L.A.'s entertaining supper clubs. The elegant venue, already noted for its Latin American cuisine, is showcasing an eclectic lineup of live acts Thursday through Saturday in its upstairs dining area, which includes a sizable stage and the most flattering lighting a diner could wish for (think extremely dim).
Cava's 3-week-old "Beyond Jazz" series on Thursday nights is a highlight. Featuring an offbeat, lounge-style approach, "Beyond Jazz" has Sinatra-style crooner Bernie Meisinger returning on Feb. 29. The Meisinger Jazz Quartet is the perfect dining accompaniment, with soothing renditions of such classics as "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Girl From Ipanema." Rather than camping things up a la Bill Murray, the handsome vocalist plays it straight and cool, sounding better than Sinatra has in years.