"But now this South Asian outpost, one of the city's most visible, may be pulling up its stakes. Rising costs and changing tastes have left their mark, and the number of customers has fallen by at least 40 percent in the last few years, according to restaurant managers.
While five years ago there were more than 30 Indian restaurants on the block (almost all are actually run by Bangladeshis), now there are just 19, and many are shells of their former selves. "People all know the name and expect to find something here," said Ohidur Rahman, who manages Panna, a 30-seat restaurant that has occupied the same spot for 15 years. On a recent weeknight, while one couple ate inside, Mr. Rahman stood quietly on the sidewalk. "Day by day," he said, "I see it going down.""