Driving through the crazy five-way intersection in the downtown area, you may be led to believe that Hamilton is entirely comprised of restaurants. This is nearly true. For its size, Hamilton really packs the punch when it comes to providing affordable and relatively varied foods. Perhaps what is missing is a true deli, after the closing of two student favorites in recent years. That being said, there is plenty of competently prepared ethnic food, several pizza shops within walking distance, and best of all, they are all locally owned. In fact, you won't ever find a chain restaurant or store within the Village limits, which makes for a quaint feel and a personal connection with the owners of these restaurants.
It is arguably impossible to make it through your first weekend at Colgate, let alone your entire four years, without making your way to the most iconic Hamilton establishment—New York Pizzeria, only known to students as "Slices." For years, the owners of Slices have been serving up piping-hot slices of true New York-style pizza for just $1.50. This is a favorite end to the night, and alums always return to check in on the place, where some of their fondest memories were made.