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The Housing Works Bookstore

New York , NY
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126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012 US (map)

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646-786-1100

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ABOUT US

With 100% of all proceeds helping those struggling with the dual crisis of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, Housing Works Bookstore Café is the quintessential "out of the box" New York venue—a... Read more
With 100% of all proceeds helping those struggling with the dual crisis of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, Housing Works Bookstore Café is the quintessential "out of the box" New York venue—a generous space in a historic, beautifully renovated building located in popular and vibrant SoHo. With 20-foot ceilings, spiral staircases and mahogany paneled balconies and bookshelves, this space resembles an Ivy league library and lends style and sophistication to any event.

Our in-house caterer, The Works Catering, is also owned and operated by Housing Works, Inc. The Works specializes in seasonal and local menus and is well known for "special consideration" catering such as gluten-free, vegetarian. vegan, and specific carbohydrate diets. The Works also is in high-demand in all 5 boroughs in some of New Yorks most popular wedding and even venues.

The contract process with Housing Works is very all-inclusive. There is one contract for space rentals, bar, staffing, food, equipment rental and tax.

Contact our representative for pricing information and a quote consultation. Read less

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, British, Cajun, French, German, Southern, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Specialty Wine

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Rustic, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Outside Cake OK
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events, Reh. Dinner Specific

REVIEWS

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John
Wedding:
10/7/2016
5.0/5.0
From start to finish we could not have been happier. Planning with them was fun and easy. The price could not be beat and the convenience of having the caterer and rentals included and on site made coordination a breeze. They quickly and effortlessly addressed any question that came up prior to the event. Their recommended DJ exceeded our expectations. The food and service were superlative. The wait staff was especially friendly and attentive. We received a myriad of compliments from our guest on the space and the quality of experience. Amanda and Josh are both extremely organized, efficient, friendly and attentive. We would recommend them, their staff and the entire facility without qualification. We are extremely grateful to the entire team for helping us realize our dream wedding. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
From start to finish we could not have been happier. Planning with them was fun and easy. The price could not be beat and Read more...
From start to finish we could not have been happier. Planning with them was fun and easy. The price could not be beat and the convenience of having the caterer and rentals included and on site made coordination a breeze. They quickly and effortlessly addressed any question that came up prior to the event. Their recommended DJ exceeded our expectations. The food and service were superlative. The wait staff was especially friendly and attentive. We received a myriad of compliments from our guest on the space and the quality of experience. Amanda and Josh are both extremely organized, efficient, friendly and attentive. We would recommend them, their staff and the entire facility without qualification. We are extremely grateful to the entire team for helping us realize our dream wedding. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Monique
Wedding:
9/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Don't go overboard with decoration - this venue is magic all by itself and I ended up overdoing it. There is so much character to the bookstore already and little details are just icing! Use the food tastings to inspire you on set-up. Listen to the recommendations of Amanda and Josh, including their list of vendors. They are wedding superstars! When I walked in the room for the reception, I was absolutely blown away, and I know my guests were impressed too.
Don't go overboard with decoration - this venue is magic all by itself and I ended up overdoing it. There is so much Read more...
Don't go overboard with decoration - this venue is magic all by itself and I ended up overdoing it. There is so much character to the bookstore already and little details are just icing! Use the food tastings to inspire you on set-up. Listen to the recommendations of Amanda and Josh, including their list of vendors. They are wedding superstars! When I walked in the room for the reception, I was absolutely blown away, and I know my guests were impressed too. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner
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Victoria
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
This was the perfect location for our family. If you have more than 120 guests, this venue could be tight. If you have between 80 and 120, this location is perfect! Go to the tasting and you'll be treated to an evening of tasty treats, more than you can eat! Go nuts on table flowers but keep them small. No need for any other decorations as they got you covered! The staff is SO nice and professional and crazy organized! My daughter was as happy as I was with Housing Works!
This was the perfect location for our family. If you have more than 120 guests, this venue could be tight. If you have Read more...
This was the perfect location for our family. If you have more than 120 guests, this venue could be tight. If you have between 80 and 120, this location is perfect! Go to the tasting and you'll be treated to an evening of tasty treats, more than you can eat! Go nuts on table flowers but keep them small. No need for any other decorations as they got you covered! The staff is SO nice and professional and crazy organized! My daughter was as happy as I was with Housing Works! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Jade
Wedding:
8/4/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are from the UK and we booked Housing Works as our wedding venue without ever having been there ourselves. We knew we wanted somewhere different from the norm and the reviews and pictures we found of Housing Works were amazing! When we visited we weren't disappointed, it's such a beautiful venue.

Before we even got there we had the most helpful correspondence with Amanda who made us feel at ease even when we were arranging our wedding so far away. Amanda, Josh and all of the staff we met were so friendly and professional and just wanted to help us have the best day!

The venue doesn't need a lot of decoration which was great for us, all we needed were a few personal touches and candles to give it more of a 'wedding' feel. Everyone at our wedding said it was the best wedding they've ever been to! The food was amazing and there were so many choices to cater to everyone's tastes.

We knew our wedding was going to be great but having it at Housing Works made it perfect!
My husband and I are from the UK and we booked Housing Works as our wedding venue without ever having been there Read more...
My husband and I are from the UK and we booked Housing Works as our wedding venue without ever having been there ourselves. We knew we wanted somewhere different from the norm and the reviews and pictures we found of Housing Works were amazing! When we visited we weren't disappointed, it's such a beautiful venue.

Before we even got there we had the most helpful correspondence with Amanda who made us feel at ease even when we were arranging our wedding so far away. Amanda, Josh and all of the staff we met were so friendly and professional and just wanted to help us have the best day!

The venue doesn't need a lot of decoration which was great for us, all we needed were a few personal touches and candles to give it more of a 'wedding' feel. Everyone at our wedding said it was the best wedding they've ever been to! The food was amazing and there were so many choices to cater to everyone's tastes.

We knew our wedding was going to be great but having it at Housing Works made it perfect! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Housing Works Bookstore and the staff. We got married at a Catholic church nearby and celebrated our reception here afterwards. My parents have repeatedly told me how impressed they were: the food was great and the staff was outstanding! Working with Amanda and Josh was a dream. Josh was the event captain on the night of my wedding and he was a star! The rest of the staff was also very attentive and made sure I and my husband had plates made up for the cocktail hour and dinner, and a drink whenever necessary. We received so many compliments from guests about the atmosphere, the food, and the staff. It is truly a unique venue with a staff that throws a flawless event. It made my NYC wedding so special and I cannot thank them enough! If you are thinking of booking here, do it! You will not regret it!
I cannot say enough good things about Housing Works Bookstore and the staff. We got married at a Catholic church nearby Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Housing Works Bookstore and the staff. We got married at a Catholic church nearby and celebrated our reception here afterwards. My parents have repeatedly told me how impressed they were: the food was great and the staff was outstanding! Working with Amanda and Josh was a dream. Josh was the event captain on the night of my wedding and he was a star! The rest of the staff was also very attentive and made sure I and my husband had plates made up for the cocktail hour and dinner, and a drink whenever necessary. We received so many compliments from guests about the atmosphere, the food, and the staff. It is truly a unique venue with a staff that throws a flawless event. It made my NYC wedding so special and I cannot thank them enough! If you are thinking of booking here, do it! You will not regret it! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Becky
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore was flawless! The venue itself is incredibly beautiful and affordable (for Manhattan) and it completely transforms from a store during the day to a really unique and romantic event space at night.
Josh was our event captain and I cannot even put into words how amazing he was. I received compliments about him and his staff the entire night. He was accommodating, organized, friendly and just super fun to work with! The food was really delicious and they accommodated all types of dietary restrictions with absolutely no hassle or issues. If you are looking for a rare and exceptional event space in Manhattan, I highly recommend Housing Works!
Our wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore was flawless! The venue itself is incredibly beautiful and affordable (for Read more...
Our wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore was flawless! The venue itself is incredibly beautiful and affordable (for Manhattan) and it completely transforms from a store during the day to a really unique and romantic event space at night.
Josh was our event captain and I cannot even put into words how amazing he was. I received compliments about him and his staff the entire night. He was accommodating, organized, friendly and just super fun to work with! The food was really delicious and they accommodated all types of dietary restrictions with absolutely no hassle or issues. If you are looking for a rare and exceptional event space in Manhattan, I highly recommend Housing Works! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Suzanne
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
The experience from start to finish was INCREDIBLE. Amanda helps you plan and map out your event and Josh works his magic the night of to ensure top service. I don't have adequate words to express how wonderful the venue, the event planners and The Works Catering team are!

The venue is magic. Honestly, it surpassed every expectation I had. With books, hanging lights, and candles everywhere, it is a very romantic and authentic New York experience. Every single guest was raving. And the food was AWESOME.

Best part? The proceeds of the event go to support the fantastic Housing Works charity that supports New Yorkers battling with HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

If you are considering this venue for your wedding or event, do it!! You will be so happy! Best night of my life!
The experience from start to finish was INCREDIBLE. Amanda helps you plan and map out your event and Josh works his magic Read more...
The experience from start to finish was INCREDIBLE. Amanda helps you plan and map out your event and Josh works his magic the night of to ensure top service. I don't have adequate words to express how wonderful the venue, the event planners and The Works Catering team are!

The venue is magic. Honestly, it surpassed every expectation I had. With books, hanging lights, and candles everywhere, it is a very romantic and authentic New York experience. Every single guest was raving. And the food was AWESOME.

Best part? The proceeds of the event go to support the fantastic Housing Works charity that supports New Yorkers battling with HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

If you are considering this venue for your wedding or event, do it!! You will be so happy! Best night of my life! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Where do we begin?! Could there be a more perfect wedding venue for two professional word nerds living in NYC? Nope, there's no place more fitting. We feel so grateful to have found it!

Honestly, we could on and on about all the virtues of getting married at Housing Works Bookstore: the romantic, magical backdrop from every angle; the awesome, professional yet personable staff and EXCEPTIONAL event planners, who actually care about how special this day is to you, your spouse and your family; the delicious food by The Works Catering (and we mean delicious and plenty of it!) that was adjusted to our tastes and our party vibe; how everything is handled out of one venue (food, linens, tables, chairs, staff, bar, schedule, etc.); how you'll only deal with a couple of people from beginning to end; and maybe most of all, the fact that you are donating to an exceptional cause. Yes, there is still more we could rave about, but you get it.

If we could do it all again (we kind of want to), we would do it at this bookstore, no question. It will be a part of our hearts always!
Where do we begin?! Could there be a more perfect wedding venue for two professional word nerds living in NYC? Nope, Read more...
Where do we begin?! Could there be a more perfect wedding venue for two professional word nerds living in NYC? Nope, there's no place more fitting. We feel so grateful to have found it!

Honestly, we could on and on about all the virtues of getting married at Housing Works Bookstore: the romantic, magical backdrop from every angle; the awesome, professional yet personable staff and EXCEPTIONAL event planners, who actually care about how special this day is to you, your spouse and your family; the delicious food by The Works Catering (and we mean delicious and plenty of it!) that was adjusted to our tastes and our party vibe; how everything is handled out of one venue (food, linens, tables, chairs, staff, bar, schedule, etc.); how you'll only deal with a couple of people from beginning to end; and maybe most of all, the fact that you are donating to an exceptional cause. Yes, there is still more we could rave about, but you get it.

If we could do it all again (we kind of want to), we would do it at this bookstore, no question. It will be a part of our hearts always! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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puppybagel
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
BEST decision we ever made. I honestly don't know what more we could have asked for. Housing Works made planning so easy (seriously, all we had to do was select our food options, pick a linen color, and show up--THAT'S IT) and the night was just absolutely perfect. The space is beyond gorgeous, people raved about the food/bar, and the entire staff was just so helpful and kind both the night of and during the entire planning process. I can't say enough good things about this venue or about Amanda and Josh, who were helpful, patient, and all around an incredible calming force. Plus the fact that proceeds go to a good cause made it a lot easier for us to justify the cost of the wedding in our minds.

I should maybe add that I had some reservations about going with a less traditional space that were happily proved wrong. I was concerned that the layout would deter people from dancing. The dance floor is in the front of the store and the tables are in the back, and I thought this would make the party feel disconnected. NOPE. We had quite the epic dance party and most people mingled toward the front near the dance floor. It was definitely a cohesive event and my concerns were entirely proved wrong. I'm including this only to address others who may have similar concerns. Seriously, it could not have been a better night.
BEST decision we ever made. I honestly don't know what more we could have asked for. Housing Works made planning so easy Read more...
BEST decision we ever made. I honestly don't know what more we could have asked for. Housing Works made planning so easy (seriously, all we had to do was select our food options, pick a linen color, and show up--THAT'S IT) and the night was just absolutely perfect. The space is beyond gorgeous, people raved about the food/bar, and the entire staff was just so helpful and kind both the night of and during the entire planning process. I can't say enough good things about this venue or about Amanda and Josh, who were helpful, patient, and all around an incredible calming force. Plus the fact that proceeds go to a good cause made it a lot easier for us to justify the cost of the wedding in our minds.

I should maybe add that I had some reservations about going with a less traditional space that were happily proved wrong. I was concerned that the layout would deter people from dancing. The dance floor is in the front of the store and the tables are in the back, and I thought this would make the party feel disconnected. NOPE. We had quite the epic dance party and most people mingled toward the front near the dance floor. It was definitely a cohesive event and my concerns were entirely proved wrong. I'm including this only to address others who may have similar concerns. Seriously, it could not have been a better night. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
A wedding venue that supports activist work on behalf of those with HIV/AIDS in a historic building with character, books and charm would be more than enough. But rolled in with superb catering and incredible flexibility (we wanted a Lower East Side theme to the food and they did it exquisitely) and it's a dream. Then add to that they do everything and essentially roll in a wedding planner and it couldn't possibly get better.
A wedding venue that supports activist work on behalf of those with HIV/AIDS in a historic building with character, books Read more...
A wedding venue that supports activist work on behalf of those with HIV/AIDS in a historic building with character, books and charm would be more than enough. But rolled in with superb catering and incredible flexibility (we wanted a Lower East Side theme to the food and they did it exquisitely) and it's a dream. Then add to that they do everything and essentially roll in a wedding planner and it couldn't possibly get better. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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