Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Used Bookstore, Coffee Shop, and Event Space · SoHo
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)
    "Incredible collection of used books at good prices."(7 Tips)
    Tatiana Mross N.
    "Cafe hosts lectures, book clubs & is a popular venue for weddings."(26 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)"(13 Tips)
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  • Matt D.

    Lovely atmosphere and free wifi, but the food is standard cafe faire.

    Matt Donatelli · 3 weeks ago
  • Jessica L.

    If I'm in the neighborhood I always stop by to browse the cookbooks and design books. Good prices

    Jessica Latorre · December 22, 2015
  • Sonya R.

    Very nice coffee! Like really cool!) Cute place to talk with a friend or read a good book (actually it's almost the same ;) )

    Sonya Rytova · December 17, 2015
  • Evan S.

    Books, coffee, sitting, conversation

    Evan Schwartz · November 29, 2015
  • Ab

    Great stop with solid collection and decent coffee in the back. Easy place to work, but don't expect power outlets

    Ab · November 25, 2015
  • Emily K.

    One of the greatest places on earth. Buy books, see some great events, help people.

    Emily Kane · November 14, 2015
  • Karl W.

    The chai lattes are solid here.

    Karl With A "K" · November 5, 2015
  • Stéphane V.

    Delicious latte

    Stéphane Vukovic · October 29, 2015
  • Alexis B.

    Awesome well-priced used bookstore with a cafe, and a selection of records.

    Alexis Bendjouia · October 12, 2015
  • Brendan M.

    Best cafe atmosphere around, all for a good cause

    Brendan M · September 26, 2015
  • Kaitlin S.

    Great place to spend an afternoon! Awesome used book collection, pretty good coffee, places to sit, and all proceeds go to a worthy cause!

    Kaitlin Siemering · September 23, 2015
  • ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³

    Incredible collection of used books at good prices. Very beautiful, and relaxed atmosphere. The cafe is nice and cozy. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. A must for any avid reader!

    ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³ · September 18, 2015
  • Ella B.

    This cafe accepts the CUPS app as payment! Just download the app and enter the promo "S2M1L" & you can get $10 of free coffee + a free drink!

    Ella Bean · September 10, 2015
  • Ruben Garcia M.

    If you're shopping in Soho, take a break and read a book here

    Ruben Garcia Mohedano · September 8, 2015
  • Saif D.

    All books are donated.

    Saif Dia · September 8, 2015
  • Marc G.

    The books. The venue for performances. The feel of the place

    Marc Grossberg · August 24, 2015
  • Susumu

    Cozy used bookstore in SoHo. There are vinyls as well.

    Susumu · August 16, 2015
  • 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 · July 24, 2015
  • Renae M.

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

    Renae Mason · July 23, 2015
  • 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 · July 10, 2015
  • Savannah P.

    good coffee refill deal

    Savannah Petrick · July 8, 2015
  • Afi Y.

    Good coffee and great books! All you need.

    Afi Yellow-Duke · June 23, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Gillespie G.

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

    Gillespie Guereca Adair · June 1, 2015
  • Lindsaye

    Below average selection

    Lindsaye · May 27, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Christina N.

    50 cent book rack!

    Christina Nawabi · May 18, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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.

    Christine Arboleda · May 6, 2015
  • Talat S.

    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    Talat Sarı · May 3, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • David T.

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

    David Trudo · March 18, 2015
  • Cole K.

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

    Cole Kennedy · March 16, 2015
  • Ayda Ş.

    row after row of adventure after adventure!

    Ayda Şener · March 6, 2015
  • 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.

    Tatiana Mross NYC Real Estate · February 23, 2015
  • John Michael C.

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

    John Michael Cassetta · February 23, 2015
  • gmarco ..

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

    gmarco . · February 21, 2015
  • Matthew M.

    Cool workspace, OK coffee

    Matthew Michihara · February 14, 2015
  • James S.

    Coffee is pretty expensive - $4 for a small cappuccino

    James Smoley · February 9, 2015
  • Dana P.

    Great symbol selection, excellent prices, and a great cause

    Dana Parker · February 1, 2015
  • Katie N.

    Cute coffe shop and snack bar

    Katie Nitti · January 31, 2015
  • Sean N.

    A great little refuge from the SoHo hustle

    Sean Nickley · January 18, 2015
  • 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

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