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Jan 6, 2012 09:26 PM

Cotillion of Jericho

I'm a huge fan of Indian Chinese food and, although there is a limited number of restaurants serving this cuisine in the area, one never knows where the craving will be met.

We found Cotillion of Jericho purely by searching online b/c we had a huge craving while on Jericho Turnpike but it was too late to head to our usual places (or even to Hicksville) before closing . So, we decided to take a risk.

When we walked in, there was a huge banquet in the back (it was a Saturday evening) but they have a small, separate room to the left. We nearly walked out, simply b/c of the atypical setting and it's never a good sign if ya see "chinese/thai/indian", but everyone was so nice and the food was amazingly flavorful and authentic. Several families walked in after us to dine and they all seemed like regulars. We've only been there once but are looking forward to returning and also to hearing everyone's feedback if you decide to venture out.

Cotillion of Jericho
440 Jericho Turnpike Jericho NY 11753
Phone: 516.938.3300 ,516.933.4487

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    1. re: EZ Pass

      Ahhh... external validation! Phew! This is exactly what we were hoping to hear. The flavors were so sophisticated. Countless thanks for posting these reviews, EZ Pass!

      1. re: nativeNYer

        I got an off-line question for you, Native. Would you mind giving me your email?

    2. FWIW, there's nothing at all wrong with chinese/thai/indian. That's a traditional way to tout it. And if they add "Nepali", that's good, too, as this cuisine is very often prepared by Nepalis, both here and in India (and it started becoming more common in our area shortly after a flood of Nepali immigration in the mid to late 1990's.

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      1. re: Jim Leff

        Cotillion has been the first quality restaurant I've encountered with the Chinese/Thai/Indian title.
        I've found, just from my experience alone, that those places who do not limit their focus, at least in Manhattan (e.g. Indian/Chinese or Chinese/Thai) have been far less fantastic. Definitely not the case here so, perhaps, I've been too quick to judge.

        1. re: nativeNYer

          Then don't miss New Chilli (sic) and Curry on Woodbury Rd in Hicksville, one of our top favorite places. There's a portrait of the Dalai Lama in the entry.

          1. re: nativeNYer

            I'm not trying to pick on you nativeNYer, promise, but I need to set record straight. Narrowed focus is good, in general, I agree. But nearly all Indian-Chinese places do Thai dishes. It's part of the "cuisine". Some call themselves that in their name (and some of the best places have done just that), some don't. But you'll nearly always find Thai-ish stuff on the menu.

            I put "cuisine" in quotes because it's such a bastardized, synthetic thing.

            It's not really Chinese. It's not really Indian. It's not really Thai. But you'll find nominally Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes (all made with a distinctive Nepali flair) on nearly all such menus. The only name you WON'T usually see is the one that actually applies: Nepali (though Nepali momo are usually available, sometimes off-menu). Though, still more confusingly, Nepali food is nothing like this.

            So: don't sweat the Thai. It's not a pandering, expansive move. That's always been part of the gig. If you see them offering sushi, THAT could be cause for serious concern!

        2. How does this place compare to New Chili & Curry?

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          1. re: jpf1980

            Have not yet tried New Chili and Curry but it is on my list. I'll report back when I do. Have you tried it? What do you think?

            1. re: nativeNYer

              It's wonderful, but be prepared to line up behind a bunch of other folks and wait... it's tiny and very popular. The owners are very warm, welcoming and if they find out you have an asbestos mouth, they'll keep bringing out more peppers and hot sauces to test your limits... for sort of hot, you order 911, for genuine hot, tell them "Indian hot" or "as hot as you eat it."

              1. re: mcf

                Depends on what time you get there. I always make sure to be there by about 5:30, and we've had no trouble getting a table, even on a Saturday night.

                Ditto the "wonderful" comment, and about the asbestos mouth situation.

                1. re: Scott_R

                  Thanks, mcf and Scott_R. I am salivating and glad to hear about the heat. How is it on weeknights? I'll give it a try this week, probably closer to the end of the evening. What are your favorite apps and entrees? How's the garlic naan? It was amazing at Cotillion. Thanks again.

                  1. re: nativeNYer

                    We love cauliflower Manchurian, dry as an app, the Spicy coriander soup has been very hot when I've had it, though less so on a more recent visit. It's great on a cold winter night or if you have a cold. When we come in, they don't ask, they cook one order of bhindi masala (spicy okra dish) for our meal, and pack one up to go home with. I love their chili chicken and chili lamb Hakka style.

                    1. re: mcf

                      Ahhh.. so you are, indeed, a regular, mcf! Thanks so much for listing your favorites. Looking foward to stopping by this week.

                  2. re: Scott_R

                    Absolutely, Scott, but we're not old enough to eat at 5:30. ;-D They're also open for lunch, either the buffet or individual orders... no crowds.

                2. re: nativeNYer

                  i try to get to new chili and curry almost every month,and have been going for almost 2 years. unfortunately my wife doesn't have "asbestos mouth" and we order in the medium range which has nice heat, but nothing crazy for anyone who likes spicy. I wish I could go indian hot, but I like sharing dishes so I can eat a lot of things. The food is always terrific though And to answer your question below about how is it midweek, I went 2 weeks ago midweek for the first time and it was still packed and by the time we were leaving at about 7:30 there was a line out the door.

                  1. re: jpf1980

                    Thanks, jpf1980. What do you typically order?

                    1. re: nativeNYer

                      These are some of the things that I order most often that I can remember really enjoying. Menu is very large, I probably have more then 80% of it left to try. Speaking of which, does anybody have any idea what on the menu comes out on cast iron pan sounding like fajitas? I see people ordering it quite often, but I've never come across it myself.

                      -drums of heaven
                      -spicy corinader soup
                      -sweet corn soup
                      -chili chicken hakka style
                      -chicken in black bean sauce
                      -lamb szechuan
                      -chili garlic noodles
                      -Tarka Dal
                      -Chicken Tikka Saag

                      1. re: jpf1980

                        Awesome. These are many of my favorites. Thanks again. I'll report back whenever I go.

                    2. re: jpf1980

                      jpf, they'l bring you a little dish of sliced fresh hot chilis and/or a hot sauce they keep in the kitchen for your plate so you can both be happy.