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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: They cater to the students so the restaurants we have are amazing and delicious

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's some small cute little restaurants, but they may require reservations.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a huge amount of restaurants downtown, however there are some decent options that are good on occasion. Drunk Slices however does not get old, a few pieces of pizza are the cherry on top of any night out.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Slices is the #1 place to go when you want a late-night slice of pizza to go with the alcohol that's already coursing through your veins. For birthdays and special events, or just dinners out with friends or family, La Iguana is a popular option (Mexican). The Eatery is a great little sandwich shop.

There are a few other local options: a couple cafes, an Indian place, a Chinese place. Chain restaurants include Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, Subway, and Pizza Hut. The closest Chipotle is about 25-30 mins away in New Hartford.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You need to drive a minimum of 40 min. for new food.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Sushi Blues
Best Breakfast
Quack's Village Inn
Best Coffee
Barge Canal Coffee Co.
Best Dessert
Maxwells Chocolates
Best Healthy
Hamilton Whole Foods
Best Late-Night
New York Pizzeria (aka "Slices")
Best Mexican
La Iguana Restaurant
Best Pizza
New York Pizzeria (aka "Slices")
Best Wings
Nichols & Beal Restaurant & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
La Iguana Restaurant
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Colgate Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Old Stone Jug
  • Poolville Country Store
  • Ye Olde Pizza Pub
Did You Know?
Nearly all of the restaurants in town accept 'Gate cash, making it almost impossible to never leave home without cash.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Byrne Dairy
31 Utica St.
(315) 824-1107
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Price Chopper
1050 Madison Market Place
(315) 824-6040
Daily 24 hours
Wayne's Market
11 Eaton St.
(315) 824-9806

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

22 Utica Street Café
Food: Quirky coffeehouse
22 Utica St.
(315) 228-2061
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open late for after hours munchies
Barge Canal Coffee Co.
Food: Bagels, desserts, soup
37 Lebanon St.
(315) 824-4331
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Musical performances, open mic nights, poetry and fiction readings
The Blues Concept
Food: Sushi
18 Broad St.
(315) 825-0225
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Delivers
Colgate Inn
Food: American
1 Payne St.
(315) 824-2300
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: The Colgate Inn contains three restaurants, with one only open during the summer.
Hamilton Inn
Food: American, seafood
4480 East Lake Road
(315) 824-1245
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: On Wednesday, certain entrées are discounted for students.
Hamilton Whole Foods
Food: Healthy
28 Broad St.
(315) 824-2930
Price: $10-$20
La Iguana Restaurant
Food: Mexican
10 Broad St.
(315) 824-0022
Price: $10-$15
Main Moon
Food: Chinese
8 Utica St.
(315) 824-1830
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivers to dorms
Maxwells Chocolates
Food: Candy and ice cream bar
14 Utica St.
(315) 824-1280
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivers
New York Pizzeria (aka "Slices")
Food: Pizza, wings
39 Lebanon St.
(315) 824-2112
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Slices come plain only.
Nichols & Beal Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
10 Utica St.
(315) 824-2222
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Late-night drink specials
Oliveri's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, wings
14 Lebanon St.
(315) 824-4444
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Delivers to dorms
Quack's Village Inn
Food: American
7239 State Route 20, Madison
(315) 893-1806
Price: $8–$15
Royal India Grill
Food: Indian
6 Broad St.
(315) 825-3555
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Dinner buffet
Rusch's Bar & Grill
Food: Grilled and traditional bar foods
22 Lebanon St.
(315) 228-2212
Price: $5-$10
Seven Oaks Clubhouse
Food: American
East Lake Road
(315) 824-4420
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Overlooks the golf course
Sushi Blues
Food: Sushi
18 Broad St.
(315) 825-0225
Price: $5-$15
VJ's Diner and Restaurant
Food: American
169 Utica St.
(315) 824-0303
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 88 responses

  • 23% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 27% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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