Utopia Cafe lies in the heart of Chinatown, down the alley-like Waverly Place, lined with painted balconies, temples, colorful buildings and Buddha statues. It's a longtime local favorite that's being discovered by those outside the neighborhood. Even first-timers receive kind greetings and welcoming smiles. The restaurant is simple, with more of the typical round tables for family-style meals and fewer tables for couples. A large downstairs dining area easily accommodates large groups.Utopia specializes in clay-pot cuisine, where the smoking-hot, sizzling pots give slow-cooked rice a crunchy crust. Go for chicken with mushroom rice in clay pot for a more smoky flavor, sparerib with black bean sauce rice in clay pot or frog rice in clay pot.