I was reading the thread about the new Indian place coming on 7th and was struck, once again, by the arrogance of Park Slopers (and I have lived here 22 years). We truly want the mountain to come to Mohammed. Of course we are all hoping a "great" Indian restaurant will open close by. I, for one, am glad we now have a choice of Indian eateries where a mere two years ago we had only one, and the less said about it the better! However, I see no reason why a superior Indian restaurant should open here where so few Indians live or work. It's not that we Slopers aren't discerning; it's demographics. With a largely Indian clientele, the kitchen would work overtime to please, and competition among restaurants would be intense. For that, you will have to seek out Indian enclaves. The same can be said about Russian, or Polish, or Turkish, or Chinese cuisines. Be thankful for the good French, Japanese, Italian and "continental" resraurants we do have. They are doing well because they are catering to the demographics of the Slope, which (if I may generalize) is white, young, often with children in tow, and with money to burn.
But if you want great ethnic eats, it's silly to sit on the stoop of your brownstone bewailing the absence of great curry, or goulash, or pad thai. To paraphrase Paladin, "have stomach, will travel."