Millennium Hilton New York Downtown – Epic views and the best downtown location

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown - Deluxe City VIew Room - Silhouette with View

Standing in that windowsill, I felt like I was watching the heart of downtown Manhattan beating. Looking straight ahead, the blurred reflections of passing clouds and buildings appeared on the mirrored facade of One World Trade Center. To the left and in between the skyscrapers of Brookfield Place were ferries cruising down the Hudson River, across to the waterfront plazas of New Jersey where many commuted in from. Shifting my gaze down, small silhouettes of people walked through the tree-lined paths surrounding the September 11 Memorial Pools. Down further, the white spires of the Oculus pierced though the sky like a skeleton exploding. All of this, right in front of my eyes from my hotel room inside the Millennium Hilton New York Downtown.

I stayed in a deluxe city view room for my 3 days and 2 nights at the hotel this December, which offered not only this amazing view with a comfortable bed and ample space, but close proximity to all of the sites mentioned above, making it perfect if you’re planning to visit any of these places. Indeed, the convenience and location of the Millennium Hilton Downtown can’t really be beat. A few steps out of the entrance of the hotel is the RW subway station. Cross the street and you’re inside the Oculus, and from there almost every line of transportation can be accessed underground so you can stay indoors (something which was SO greatly appreciated since it was brutally cold in NYC during my stay).

Millennium HIlton New York Downtown Exterior with Oculus

While the Oculus is a destination in and of itself, it’s also the home of Westfield World Trade Center, filled with stores and restaurants, including the Italian food paradise that is Eataly. Just a few more minutes walk underground from the hotel is Brookfield Place for more shopping and restaurants, including Hudson Eats, a gourmet food court with a number of great vendors. But one of the best parts about staying in the Millennium Hilton Downtown was that at least one meal per day was covered. Their breakfast buffet inside Church and Dey on the 3rd floor of the hotel offered ample options from eggs and bacon to pastries and cereals in a spacious restaurant with views of the Oculus. And if you were feeling lazy (like I was one day), you can even order ahead a delicious breakfast spread to your room at the time of your choosing.

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown Review - Continental Breakfast in Bed Room Service

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at the Millennium Hilton Downtown and highly recommend it whether you have plans to visit NYC from across the world or you live in NYC and want to do a shopping staycation. The hotel is even offering a Shopper’s Suite package for those looking to take advantage of the proximity to Westfield World Trade Center. You’ll get two nights in one of their designated “shopping suites,” spacious guest rooms with extra square footage for storing bags, plus a $100 gift card to Westfield World Trade Center. To top it off, the package comes with an exclusive Westfield bag of samples from stores including Dior, Kiehl’s, Philosophy, Eataly, The Art of Shaving, and more.

Even better, I’ve partnered with the Millennium Hilton Downtown to give you all a 15% discount on one night’s stay if you book through this link by March 31, 2018 for a stay throughout the year. So definitely make sure to book a room to take advantage of this offer.

Mahina & Suns | Where to Eat in Oahu

This casual yet trendy semi-outdoor restaurant inside the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki has great vibes to go with its island influenced menu. We dined for brunch, which offered an eclectic menu of both brunch classics and unique items like our favorite dish, the pork adobo fried rice. It takes the Filipino pork dish and combines it with avocado, pickled mushrooms, kimchi, and pickled ginger topped with a perfectly cooked runny egg for a bowl you just can’t stop eating.

Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Brunch Pork Adobo Fried Rice - Photo by Indulgent Eats

They also offer a variety of pizzas – we loved their naked pig pizza which was quite rich, so the mountain of arugula and parmesan that’s offered as an add on balanced things out perfectly.

Eat this: pork adobo fried rice, naked pig pizza with arugula and parmesan, kale salad, kuahiwi burger, surfjack breakfast with Portuguese sausage

Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Naked Pig Pizza - Photo by Indulgent Eats Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Brunch Spread - Photo by Indulgent Eats copy

Reef Bar & Market Grill | Where to Eat in Oahu

Reef Bar Market Grill Review - Grilled Ribeye with views of Diamond Head - Photo by Indulgent Eats

Grilling a steak by the beach with Diamond Head behind me is definitely not one of the things I expected to be doing during my time in Oahu. But there I was, standing behind a hot grill with a giant spatula, flipping a ribeye steak while looking out the windows to see the sun setting on Waikiki Beach. This experience comes thanks to Reef Bar & Market Grill, located inside the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Resort (where I stayed for the 8 days on vacation with my family).

Reef Bar Market Grill - Restaurant Interior - Photo by Indulgent Eats

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Where to Eat in Oahu | Hawaiian Food & Local Favorites

ALOHA! It’s officially 2018, which means a new year for me to use as an excuse to post more on my site 🙂 I just came back from an amazing trip to Oahu, which also gave me a 12 hour flight back to NYC followed by a 16 hour flight back to Hong Kong, so I had ample time to kick start my writing. I’ll be sharing all of my favorite places from my 8 days in Oahu, starting up with local Hawaiian cuisine. Stay tuned as I’ll also be sharing my picks for poke, Japanese food, breakfast & cafes, American & International food, and dessert!

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Where to Eat in Oahu - Helena's Hawaiian Food

A favorite with both locals and tourists alike, Helena’s Hawaiian Food serves up no-frills, local food that’s 20x better than the versions you’ll find at a paid luau. It’s served in small portions so you can try many items at once, and they also have set menus that make it easy to order a sampling of their best dishes.

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Musubi Cafe Iyasume | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Musubi Cafe Iyasume Poke and Musubis

My fellow Spam lovers, Musubi Cafe Iyasume is the place for you. Spam musubi is the Hawaiian version of Japanese omusubi that takes marinated grilled spam and rice and wraps it with nori, or seaweed. The result is a super addictive item that can be eaten any time of day, as a snack, or as its own meal. Musubi Cafe Iyasume has seemingly endless varieties of spam musubi, topped with everything from egg and bacon to Japanese toppings like shiso leaf and pickled radish.

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Romy’s Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Romy's Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp Platters

Garlic shrimp can be found on the menus of food trucks & restaurants all over the North Shore of Oahu. It’s listed as shrimp scampi, and served with rice and sometimes macaroni salad and pineapple. While we didn’t get to try as many of the vendors as we would’ve liked, we loved the garlic shrimp at Romy’s Kahuku, which were juicy and bursting with flavor from the golden brown garlic, and also come with a spicy shoyu on the sauce for extra umami. They also have ample, covered seating and clean bathrooms.

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Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - Shrimp Scampi and Hot and Spicy ShrimpWith two outposts in the North Shore, Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck is one of the most popular places to get Hawaiian style garlic shrimp. There are numerous trucks and restaurants that serve the dish, and we actually preferred Romy’s over Giovanni’s as the shrimp just had SO much more flavor. That said, we still really enjoyed our meal and the wait was half that of Romy’s, so if you’re short on time this is a better move. The garlic butter shrimp were really tasty.

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Helena’s Hawaiian Food | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Helena's Hawaiian Food

A favorite with both locals and tourists alike, Helena’s Hawaiian Food serves up no-frills, local food that’s 20x better than the versions you’ll find at a paid luau. It’s served in small portions (as you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post) so you can try many items at once, and they also have set menus that make it easy to order a sampling of their best dishes.

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Thanksgiving Breakfast Stuffing with Baked Eggs and Bacon

Thanksgiving Breakfast Stuffing with Baked Eggs

Now that I’m in Hong Kong, this is my first year celebrating Thanksgiving without a turkey, but I’ll be damned if I let that prevent me from enjoying my absolute favorite side — stuffing. Croutons are legitimately my favorite snack (I eat them straight out of the bag like a raccoon), and stuffing is basically croutons soaked in chicken broth with crunchy vegetables in it, plus sage and other herbs that invoke the feeling of autumn in every bite. What’s not to love? So when I was doing some grocery shopping and stumbled upon a package of stuffing, I knew I had to make a batch and ended up turning it into this Thanksgiving Breakfast Stuffing with Baked Eggs. While they weren’t exactly leftovers for me, it’s an easy way to transform the leftovers you do have into breakfast the next morning.

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Bento by Bessou, Coney Shack & Baked Cheese Haus at Urbanspace’s Broadway Bites

This past weekend, Michelle and I had the chance to stop by Broadway Bites, Urbanspace’s seasonal outdoor market in Greeley Square. We were able to check out some new additions to the market and get our hands on the most popular foods they had to offer. First stop was Bento by Bessou, which offers Japanese comfort food with a modern touch. Their owner Maiko recommended the fried rice balls, which was a trio of chickpea curry, pulled pork and salmon, and the fried chicken bento.

Bento by Bessou Crispy Rice Balls

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