Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Café, Used Bookstore, and Event Space$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • kas c.
    kas cMarch 1
    The volunteers are awesome. Especially the guy in the red hat!
  • Casa S.
    Casa SassoFebruary 24
    simply good bagels
  • Edomia zaide B.
    Wonderful vibe, cheap books, quiet.. you can be here for hours
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckFebruary 7
    Free WiFi, small tea only $1.50, hippie progressive vibe (a good thing)
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineFebruary 2
    You can feel thrifty and smart and frugal here.
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 27
    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
    Cute spot to hangout, space to sit and talk with coffee & drinks or peruse the books for sale
  • Matthew S.
    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 10+ 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.
  • Guba G.
    Guba GumpSeptember 26, 2016
    I love this bookstore (when it's not super duper busy)!
  • 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
    Upvoted Feb 23
  • 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
    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.
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickJuly 8, 2015
    good coffee refill deal
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    Good coffee and great books! All you need.
  • John P.
    John PaterakisJune 4, 2015
    Nice space for having a coffee, but the selection of books is limited, particularly if your interests don't tend towards the left.
  • Gillespie G.
    Found a very cool vinyl record and good coffee, reasonably priced
  • Lindsaye
    LindsayeMay 27, 2015
    Below average selection
  • AJ J.
    AJ JacobsMay 25, 2015
    Housing Works is one of my favorite bookstores. And sometimes my cousin Ophira Eisenberg hosts incredible Moth StorySLAMs there.
  • Christina N.
    Christina NawabiMay 18, 2015
    50 cent book rack!
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 16, 2015
    Check out the events calendar: they have some really fun and original free events almost every night.
  • 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.
    Talat SarıMay 3, 2015
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoApril 29, 2015
    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!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanMarch 25, 2015
    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.
  • David T.
    David TrudoMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty cool used bookstore and cafe. Great for lunch, or just wandering around for a book.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMarch 16, 2015
    Books? Coffee? All for a good cause? Yes please.
  • Ayda Ş.
    Ayda ŞenerMarch 6, 2015
    row after row of adventure after adventure!
  • 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.
    John Michael CassettaFebruary 23, 2015
    Used books and a cafe. Good for studying or working or pretending to
  • gmarco ..
    gmarco .February 21, 2015
    Quirky nice little cafe within a secondhand bookstore. Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaFebruary 14, 2015
    Cool workspace, OK coffee
  • James S.
    James SmoleyFebruary 9, 2015
    Coffee is pretty expensive - $4 for a small cappuccino
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerFebruary 1, 2015
    Great symbol selection, excellent prices, and a great cause
  • Katie N.
    Katie NittiJanuary 31, 2015
    Cute coffe shop and snack bar
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyJanuary 18, 2015
    A great little refuge from the SoHo hustle
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanDecember 26, 2014
    Order a Cortado and browse the shelves while you wait - nice little getaway in Soho.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 6, 2014
    Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongNovember 29, 2014
    The Moth and books
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaNovember 29, 2014
    Coffee is not the best, but it's not bad either! Lovely environment to drink your coffee and maybe read a book..? :-)
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondNovember 22, 2014
    Free wifi, cheap coffee, good sandwiches and chill vibes. An oasis off busy Houston st.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordNovember 2, 2014
    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.
  • Samuel H.
    Samuel HowardOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    30% off on the first weekend of the month.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadAugust 27, 2014
    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!
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareAugust 19, 2014
    Delicious lattes. Be nice to the staff, they're awesome and also volunteers.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LyAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Didn't get into The Moth? Get dinner nearby, then go back at intermission ~8:45pm.
  • Kay S.
    Kay SalcedoAugust 13, 2014
    The coffee is good and the ambiance is very relaxing
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldAugust 9, 2014
    Awesome book store. Amazing org. Happy, helpful staff.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteAugust 4, 2014
    This book store is completely staffed by volunteers. Buy a book. Do good.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJune 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the iced latte, feel renewed
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeJune 22, 2014
    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.
  • Kat V.
    Kat VallesJune 16, 2014
    Nice to get some (handwritten) work done here - no outlets!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order an iced latte and snag a balcony seat! Proceeds go to a great cause, too!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonMay 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to have a meeting. Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    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
  • Julia S.
    Julia San JuanApril 23, 2014
    Really great iced coffee.. Even better than La Colombe!
  • Sue
    SueMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    By far my most favorite bookstore in the city :)
  • Freddy W.
    Freddy WexlerFebruary 28, 2014
    Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChanpongFebruary 12, 2014
    Great spot for studying or working, but just FYI you can't charge your phone or laptop here. They turned off the outlets to cut down on the electric bill!
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynJanuary 17, 2014
    No public power plugs. Check to see if they have readings - they move tables and you won't be able to read/study/work.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KwonDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have intelligentsia coffee for 1.50. Basically a steal
  • ConZerge
    ConZergeOctober 20, 2013
    Coffee, books, and a good cause? Yes! 100% of their proceeds go to Housing Works: a healing community dedicated to helping those affected by or living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Talisman
    TalismanOctober 18, 2013
    Don't miss out on The Moth story slams!
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieSeptember 9, 2013
    If you're not going to purchase a book or overpriced coffee, at least stop in to use the free wi-fi :)
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzAugust 24, 2013
    Amazing place to work with wifi, but no outlets!
    Upvoted Feb 13
  • Eliane v.
    Eliane vdBAugust 12, 2013
    Great place to get some work done while enjoying good music, sipping on a coffee. Warning: no outlets available for your laptop.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MuzzarelliAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Volunteer's are great! Cool hats are a bonus
  • Ehtesh C.
    Ehtesh ChoudhuryJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Iced mocha is delicious. In the last few months, it's made in a new way that makes the chocolate taste much stronger. Definitely a plus.
  • Laura
    LauraApril 28, 2016
    Charmante bibliothèque / librairie / café idéal pour étudier où se détendre.
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