Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Used Bookstore, Coffee Shop, and Event Space
126 Crosby St (btwn Prince & E Houston St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a nonprofit bookstore, cafe, and event space. All proceeds from every show you attend and everything you buy, down to a record and a PBR, go directly to our mission of fighting AIDS and homelessness.


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    Suri R.
    "Free wifi, good coffee, great cause, wonderful volunteers."(12 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)"(13 Tips)
    Tatiana Mross N.
    "Cafe hosts lectures, book clubs & is a popular venue for weddings."(16 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "eclectic selection of used books"(2 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • volunteer
  • café
  • free Wifi
  • tea
  • casual
  • lattes
  • quiet
  • balcony
  • sandwiches
  • comfortable
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  • ZZubin

    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.

    ZZubin · 1 week ago
  • Renae M.

    Spent a relaxing hour browsing and drinking their very strong coffee.

    Renae Mason · 1 week ago
  • Carmen N.

    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.

    Carmen N · 3 weeks ago
  • Savannah P.

    good coffee refill deal

    Savannah Petrick · 3 weeks ago
  • Afi Y.

    Good coffee and great books! All you need.

    Afi Yellow-Duke · June 23
  • Angela H.

    They accept the CUPS app as a form of payment at the cafe.Just download the app on your iPhone or Android and enjoy savings! Enter the promo "12D7X" and get $10 towards your first coffee (or tea) plan

    Angela Healy · June 23
  • John P.

    Nice space for having a coffee, but the selection of books is limited, particularly if your interests don't tend towards the left.

    John Paterakis · June 4
  • Gillespie G.

    Found a very cool vinyl record and good coffee, reasonably priced

  • Lindsaye

    Below average selection

    Lindsaye · May 27
  • AJ J.

    Housing Works is one of my favorite bookstores. And sometimes my cousin Ophira Eisenberg hosts incredible Moth StorySLAMs there.

    AJ Jacobs · May 25
  • Christina N.

    50 cent book rack!

  • Mish and Rob

    Check out the events calendar: they have some really fun and original free events almost every night.

    Mish and Rob · May 16
  • Christine A.

    Love the cafe, great place to relax and study or discover the great selection of donated books. Cozy like an old library feel that is inviting.

  • Talat S.

    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    Talat Sarı · May 3
  • Jess N.

    Good spot to work with decent wifi but no outlets available for customer use, which is a bummer. Great place overall but make sure your devices are charged!

    Jess Naldo · April 29
  • Scott G.

    The space is great to get work done. But they don't seem to want you to: no outlets and you can only have a laptop/tablet at certain tables. Annoying.

    Scott Gellman · March 25
  • Meghan S.

    Used books you'll actually want to buy (not stacks of weird paperbacks). Okay coffee too! Also: not sure if it's standard but the oldies playing kind of rock

    Meghan Simon · March 24
  • David T.

    Pretty cool used bookstore and cafe. Great for lunch, or just wandering around for a book.

    David Trudo · March 18
  • Cole K.

    Books? Coffee? All for a good cause? Yes please.

    Cole Kennedy · March 16
  • Ayda Ş.

    row after row of adventure after adventure!

    Ayda Şener · March 6
  • Tatiana Mross N.

    Local nonprofit bookstore cafe. Employees are volunteers & avid booklovers. Cafe hosts lectures, book clubs & is a popular venue for weddings. And there's always a basket of free condoms at checkout.

  • John Michael C.

    Used books and a cafe. Good for studying or working or pretending to

    John Michael Cassetta · February 23
  • gmarco ..

    Quirky nice little cafe within a secondhand bookstore. Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

    gmarco . · February 21
  • Matthew M.

    Cool workspace, OK coffee

    Matthew Michihara · February 14
  • James S.

    Coffee is pretty expensive - $4 for a small cappuccino

    James Smoley · February 9
  • Dana P.

    Great symbol selection, excellent prices, and a great cause

    Dana Parker · February 1
  • Katie N.

    Cute coffe shop and snack bar

    Katie Nitti · January 31
  • Sean N.

    A great little refuge from the SoHo hustle

    Sean Nickley · January 18
  • Mike F.

    Order a Cortado and browse the shelves while you wait - nice little getaway in Soho.

    Mike Friedman · December 26, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)

    Kimmie Ohh · December 6, 2014
  • Randy W.

    The Moth and books

    Randy Wong · November 29, 2014
  • Katerina A.

    Coffee is not the best, but it's not bad either! Lovely environment to drink your coffee and maybe read a book..? :-)

    Katerina Anna · November 29, 2014
  • Harry R.

    Free wifi, cheap coffee, good sandwiches and chill vibes. An oasis off busy Houston st.

    Harry Raymond · November 22, 2014
  • Colin M. F.

    Smell of old books, the balcony, people writing books and plays, a very diverse selection, a bustling café, a good cause—New York, this is your bookstore.

    Colin M. Ford · November 2, 2014
  • Samuel H.

    30% off on the first weekend of the month.

    Samuel Howard · October 7, 2014
  • Zii H.

    In SoHo, and cheap? Crazy. Check out the cheap used book carts. The bookstore can be busy, but it stays fairly calm. Staff are also very fun. Volunteer run!

    Zii Hammad · August 27, 2014
  • Anna O.

    Delicious lattes. Be nice to the staff, they're awesome and also volunteers.

    Anna Ohare · August 19, 2014
  • Amy L.

    Didn't get into The Moth? Get dinner nearby, then go back at intermission ~8:45pm.

    Amy Ly · August 13, 2014
  • Kay S.

    The coffee is good and the ambiance is very relaxing

    Kay Salcedo · August 13, 2014
  • Brian M.

    Awesome book store. Amazing org. Happy, helpful staff.

    Brian Masefield · August 9, 2014
  • Nate S.

    This book store is completely staffed by volunteers. Buy a book. Do good.

    Nate Saete · August 4, 2014
  • Yera H.

    Get the iced latte, feel renewed

    Yera Ha · June 28, 2014
  • Kelsey L.

    They have consistently good coffee, and are always hosting amazing events and speakers, such as David Sedaris on 6/3. Get here early for big events though, the line stretches down the block.

    Kelsey Lee · June 22, 2014
  • Kat V.

    Nice to get some (handwritten) work done here - no outlets!

    Kat Valles · June 16, 2014
  • Andrew C.

    Order an iced latte and snag a balcony seat! Proceeds go to a great cause, too!

    Andrew C · June 6, 2014
  • Mike S.

    Great place to have a meeting. Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)

    Mike Singleton · May 20, 2014
  • Katherine M.

    Someone at a bookstore in New Orleans recommended this to me. Super hip events and a spiral staircase. Looking for something specific is hit-or-miss because books are donated. Read more

    Katherine M. · April 28, 2014
  • Julia S.

    Really great iced coffee.. Even better than La Colombe!

    Julia San Juan · April 23, 2014
  • Sue

    By far my most favorite bookstore in the city :)

    Sue · March 6, 2014
  • Freddy W.

    Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi.

    Freddy Wexler · February 28, 2014

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