Austin Restaurants

Old Thousand Hosts Chinese New Year Dinner

Photo by Kristin Vrana.

On Saturday, January 28, Old Thousand (1000 East 11th Street, Suite #150) will host a special evening to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is an important holiday and is based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year.

Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals, which appear on the Chinese zodiac, and 2017 marks the Year of the Rooster. To celebrate, the team at Old Thousand will add extra touches to the evening going beyond normal service with celebratory decor, special baked goods, and a six-course prix fixe menu for two available along with an eight-course menu for four guests.

“We wanted to use this occasion as a time for our team to reflect on our recent opening and the year ahead,” said SMGB Hospitality partner Ben Cachila. “We hope guests will join us usher in the new year.”

The menu includes a six-course dinner for two priced at $80. The menu for two includes the spicy cucumber salad; Lion’s head meatball soup; salt & pepper crab; dry fried long beans; Cantonese roasted chicken; and a special dessert.

The eight-course menu for four includes the spicy cucumber salad; dry fried long beans; Lion’s head meatball soup; salt & pepper crab; the OT clay pot with pork belly, Chinese sausage, seasonal mushrooms, duck confit and chili-soy; Cantonese roasted chicken; Char Siu Chinese barbecued pork with steamed buns; and dessert. The eight-course meal for four is $160.

Photo by Kristin Vrana
Photo by Kristin Vrana

Wine, beer, and cocktails are also available. Dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 11:00 p.m. The bar will remain open until midnight. Old Thousand welcomes walk-in guests or guests can make a reservation via phone by calling 737-222-6637.

Opened in December 2016, Old Thousand offers an eclectic and inventive mix of flavors, ingredients, and styles with modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes in a casual and comfortable setting. With an equal focus on “Eat In” and “Take Out,” Old Thousand is becoming East Austin’s go-to Chinese spot.

A full food and drink menu, hours, and parking information is available at To keep up with Old Thousand, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @OldThousandATX.



About the author

Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, EAT Magazine, TravelFinder, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves food, travel, yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, she doesn’t know how to whistle.


Get More EAT Magazine