Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Café, Used Bookstore, and Event Space$$$$
SoHo, New York
  • The folks at Time Out New York and The Corcoran Group like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Suri R.
    "Free wifi, good coffee, great cause, wonderful volunteers."(13 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "used books and relax in the back café"(6 Tips)
    Mike S.
    "Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)"(56 Tips)
    Edomia zaide B.
    "Wonderful vibe, cheap books, quiet.. you can be here for hours"(10 Tips)
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  • Caitlin C.
    Home to the annual Christmas Carol marathon reading
  • Josica G.
    Josica GNovember 11, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a section for ARCs and uncorrected proofs a lot of them are just $5! 📚💖
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeSeptember 15, 2017
    Great spot with a lot of space. Good coffee, free wifi, many tables.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanSeptember 2, 2017
    Cafe in a bookstore, not the other way around
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsMay 7, 2017
    Great place to stop in when you're in the area.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BorgeApril 26, 2017
    Take a quiet coffee break surrounded by books
  • kas c.
    kas cMarch 1, 2017
    The volunteers are awesome. Especially the guy in the red hat!
  • Casa S.
    Casa SassoFebruary 24, 2017
    simply good bagels
  • Edomia zaide B.
    Edomia zaide BereheFebruary 23, 2017
    Wonderful vibe, cheap books, quiet.. you can be here for hours
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckFebruary 7, 2017
    Free WiFi, small tea only $1.50, hippie progressive vibe (a good thing)
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineFebruary 2, 2017
    You can feel thrifty and smart and frugal here.
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 27, 2017
    Need to escape Soho's shopaholics? Order a coffee and take some time out in this spacious yet cozy bookstore, all for a good cause!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 15, 2017
    Cute spot to hangout, space to sit and talk with coffee & drinks or peruse the books for sale
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchmohlJanuary 5, 2017
    80s goth playlist
  • Anna B.
    Anna BrowneDecember 13, 2016
    A wonderful spot for book lovers. Very kind staff and overall a nice atmosphere.
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 24, 2016
    don't. spill.
  • Tarik F.
    Tarik FayadOctober 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great palace to work. Tons of seating and free wifi. All it costs you is a cup of coffee.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 12, 2016
    The coffee is cheap and the upper level setting (if you can snag it) is cozy and quiet. Plus, post study time, treat yourself to some cool thrifty finds next door at the Housing Work Thrift Store.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineOctober 5, 2016
    Enough space to get some work done. Tucked in the back of the shop.
  • Dustin
    DustinJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a few greeting cards and postcards near the cashier.
  • Amir A.
    Amir AbdiJune 26, 2016
    Wonderful lattes
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalazarJune 15, 2016
    Cozy as can be. A great concept. Coffee is alright.
  • Helen W.
    Helen WengJune 6, 2016
    reat for discovering new books to try, but it's harder if you're looking for a specific book as their selection isn't the biggest
  • Gonzo
    GonzoJune 3, 2016
    Lots of great talks here. beware there will be a line!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 14th: Prepare your best true story for the Moth StorySlam at Housing Works Bookstore (or just watch others tell theirs). No pressure, but it better be good--it’ll be broadcast on the podcast. Read more
  • Alexandros P.
    Nice and cheap coffee for a good reason, free wifi, plenty of books to read and quiet atmosphere!
  • Michael Dylan F.
    Michael Dylan FerraraApril 22, 2016
    A bookstore which a great lil cafe in it...
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesApril 19, 2016
    This wood-lined room at this place has floor-to-ceiling books, many for just a dollar. You can enjoy a beer or wine from its café while you devour your latest find in a bohemian, welcoming atmosphere. Read more
  • Joe D.
    Joe DMarch 31, 2016
    Nice place to work for a while
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMarch 24, 2016
    Ask Roulette is coming to Housing Works this week so come on in and enjoy the hilarious panel of questions that will have you curious and entertained. Thurs, 3/24. Read more
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Bookstore and coffee shop what more can you ask for 😊
  • Katharine H.
    Katharine HaldemanMarch 8, 2016
    Lots of great books from all different genres organized well. They also have lots of small tables you can sit and drink coffee from their cafe at and work or read
  • Halley H.
    Halley HairFebruary 24, 2016
    They're a part of CUPS: https://cupsapp.com/ Use code 18m3t for $10 of free coffee!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DonatelliJanuary 12, 2016
    Lovely atmosphere and free wifi, but the food is standard cafe faire.
  • Timelessnomad
    TimelessnomadDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If I'm in the neighborhood I always stop by to browse the cookbooks and design books. Good prices
  • Sonya R.
    Sonya RytovaDecember 17, 2015
    Very nice coffee! Like really cool!) Cute place to talk with a friend or read a good book (actually it's almost the same ;) )
  • Evan S.
    Evan SchwartzNovember 29, 2015
    Books, coffee, sitting, conversation
  • Ab
    AbNovember 25, 2015
    Great stop with solid collection and decent coffee in the back. Easy place to work, but don't expect power outlets
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the greatest places on earth. Buy books, see some great events, help people.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"November 5, 2015
    The chai lattes are solid here.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaOctober 12, 2015
    Awesome well-priced used bookstore with a cafe, and a selection of records.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MSeptember 26, 2015
    Best cafe atmosphere around, all for a good cause
  • Kaitlin S.
    Kaitlin SiemeringSeptember 23, 2015
    Great place to spend an afternoon! Awesome used book collection, pretty good coffee, places to sit, and all proceeds go to a worthy cause!
  • Ruben Garcia M.
    Ruben Garcia MohedanoSeptember 8, 2015
    If you're shopping in Soho, take a break and read a book here
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    All books are donated.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GrossbergAugust 24, 2015
    The books. The venue for performances. The feel of the place
  • Susumu
    SusumuAugust 16, 2015
    Cozy used bookstore in SoHo. There are vinyls as well.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 24, 2015
    With real estate prices so high, most coffee shops don't even have space to sit. Here's a great, old school bookstore with a tiny cafe and ample seating. Great to meet up or do a little work.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    Spent a relaxing hour browsing and drinking their very strong coffee.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJuly 10, 2015
    One of the best used bookstores in NYC, and an all around comfortable, inviting space. The selection is usually on par with a "new" bookstore.
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