There is an air of expectation in the Central Village as we've seen the Jackson Diner sign go up where the mediocre Spice Cafe used to be. They served over-priced, under-spiced curries, but the ambiance was nice enough, and when it first opened it was a decent alternative to 6th St. venues. Only in the last years did it become really bad....I read about Jackson Diner in years past as THE reason to go to Jackson Heights. The curries were said to be authentic and could be had "desi" hot. In reading more current reviews, it could be construed that they've lost some of the magic as they grew more popular. I wouldn't know.Though I go to Queens for great Thai, I haven't yet tried Jackson Heights. So, if anyone knows how good the food being put out these days at JD is, what can we expect? Having lived in London, I've had ( what I consider) good Indian food and can eat it spicier than anyone I know. My biggest fear, then, is the dumbing down syndrome, where you have to beg & beg and STILL it's seasoned too blandly. I usually ask the server to have the chef make it the way his father likes it. Then the vindaloo has some kick to it. We so need good Indian here. I've had a few bad experiences at Brick Lane; food taking forever and being a bit expensive for what it was. Nothing I've ever had in NYC has touched what I had in London. Should we be getting our hopes up or not?