Walking along Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side, you could easily blink and miss West Side Cheese Co. Owner Maya Schaper originally had a larger antiques shop that was a long-time fixture in the neighborhood, but had to shut it down when she lost her lease. Happily, early last fall, she opened up this sliver of a spot to sell food-related antiques and cheeses.
We happened upon this small, narrow spot while walking around the neighborhood during sunnier, warmer, and drier days.
Maya carries a nicely edited selection of cheeses as well as gourmet dips, breads, and pates. We opted for the musky soft Saint Albray cheese and a slice of pate de compagne ($15/lb) to enjoy as an easy dinner appetizer. Maya's cheese menu regularly changes, making her shop a fun foodie destination.
West Side Cheese Co. is located at 228A Columbus Ave (btwn 70th and 71st Sts.) in NYC