11 total reviews
Housing Works was an amazing place to get married. My husband and I actually had a great time at our own wedding and we owe so much of that to Housing Works/ Amanda. Amanda helped us with all the planning and on the day of the wedding she helped us through the entire event from start to finish, from wrangling family members for speeches to keeping us on track with our timeline. The great thing about Housing Works/Amanda is that they are fun people to work with - plus they are flexible. They will set up the space and run your event according to how you want it to go. For example, we started with cocktails first and then got married after cocktail hour followed by dinner/dancing. We got married on the staircase instead of having a formal ceremony and it was no problem at all. And the venue is so beautiful and unique and the food/service is top notch. We received so many compliments on our wedding and we truly loved our wedding!!! Thank you Amanda and Housing Works!
Housing Works is an amazing place to get married in New York City. Not only are they an extremely affordable option, but the staff is helpful and fun to work with. They are very accommodating to our needs, as we wanted a vegetarian wedding. Their staff made sure we got exactly what we wanted within our budget. The bookstore itself is a quirky and unique venue, and it is definitely a memorable location.
Everything about my wedding at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho was absolute perfection. From the planning, to the group tasting, and the actual night. Nick the head waiter was amazing. Josh our event planner is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. The planning was easy and the atmosphere was romantic, intimate, and so different from usual catering hall weddings. All of our family and close friends RAVED about the delicious food, and extraordinary service. I highly recommend this venue if you are A. a lover of literature and philanthropic causes B. looking for a romantic wedding in a chic spot and C. tired of the usual catering hall weddings.
We had a cocktail style rehearsal dinner for about 80 people at the Housing Works Bookstore - and we loved it! Working with Amanda and Josh was really fantastic. They made the whole process very easy and made sure everything went smoothly. The tastings were especially great because they were held In the space, which was fully decorated so we had a sense of what it would look like during our event. The transformation of bookstore by day to event space at night was really amazing. Everything was beautiful, the food was super, and all of our guests had a great time! It's really a beautiful space, and we really appreciated that the proceeds go straight to the Housing Works charity. It made our night truly unique and memorable.
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at this venue in early May 2014. Everything was perfect! We booked around June 2013, and worked with Amanda for our first few meetings. Josh took care of the final meetings, and a different person was at our wedding. We were a bit nervous about this, but all three of them were very professional and competent, and a pleasure to work with. They were very good with email and questions. Staff at our wedding was sufficient and did a great job. The food was really great, farm to table, incredibly fresh. Pros: unique setting, very different and original, and very New York. The place works with The Works Catering, and they take care of everything food-related, which is convenient. They have a huge menu with seasonal picks sure to please anyone. Some of the drink options seem a bit limited though. Cons: no bridal suite to speak of, hideous bathrooms, and no refrigeration possible (our cake didn't require it, but I see how this could be a problem to some). Also, make sure you decide on how long you want your party to be upon signing the contract! We thought we could extend later on and pay by the hour, but it turns out they charge a pretty steep nominal fee just for adding hours, so make up your mind early to save some money. But all in all, we could not be happier with how everything went, and our guests really seemed to like the venue as a whole, as well as the food!
Words cannot describe how much I loved having my wedding here. I fell in love with the space and it was sweet and romantic and low-key, just what we wanted. But above all else the staff was INCREDIBLE. Josh and Amanda handled everything for our wedding day and from beginning to end they were just wonderful. Organized, communicative, and so so so nice. I received comments from so many guests afterwards about how smoothly everything went, how nice and polite and helpful the staff were and generally just the good vibes that were being given out from every single person there. They listened to us and were a complete joy to work with.
We weren't sure about using an in-house caterer but went with The Works catering. DELICIOUS, fresh, seasonal food that got compliments from everyone. I recommend doing a buffet like we did. The food was hot, fresh and delicious (unlike some plated meals can be) and it was a very social and fun way to have dinner.
As far as value goes, it can't be beat. Planning a wedding in New York is anything but cheap, but Housing Works provided a price within our budget (and many options to remove or add different things based on your budget) and a portion of the site fee goes toward their charity work and is tax deductible! Win-win!
I couldn't recommend everything about this venue more highly. A+++. New York's best kept secret!
This venue made our wedding unique! We were thrilled and the guests loved it! The staff were great to work with, and very accommodating of some special requests of ours. Also, the venue was magical looking all lit up inside at night. We opted for passed appetizers rather than sit down food (since the passed food is always better and this allows people to circulate), and the food was all excellent.
Of course, being a Manhattan venue, it's not cheap (though I think it's cheaper than some), but the fact that it's a non-profit eased my mind about that. Some of the money may as well be going to a good cause, right?
My husband and I cannot recommend Housing Works Bookstore more highly. The setting is gorgeous, old New York cobblestone street, beautiful traditional SoHo architecture, tucked away on Crosby Street, but right off Houston and Broadway so easy to get to.
The store is completely transformed at night by great lighting and lovely string lights. It's romantic, warm, cozy, and still with plenty of room for up to 250 people to have a sit-down dinner and dancing! The balcony above is beautiful, and offers a nice, dim, romantic spot to get away to during the wedding.
The food is fantastic, and is all farm-to-table, so you are getting quality, locally-sourced food. Amanda, our liaison, sat down with us and helped us choose each menu item.
Above all, the staff was beyond what we could have hoped for. Each and every one of them was completely attentive, lovely, and dedicated to making sure my husband and I were always taken care of and that everything that night stayed on time and was not rushed. Josh or Gillian appeared every time I uttered the words, "I'm thirsty" or "I'm hungry." They knew what we needed before we ourselves did. The staff made us feel so special, making this day even more like the perfect day we'd hoped for. They completely managed our crowds, cued our processional, directed people, and made every guest feel taken care of without being too present. Having looked at numerous venues in NYC, this place was also a great value. Coming to approx. $150pp including passed beer, winde, cava, appetizers, buffet dinner, dessert and coffee. An outstanding value for any city, but especially Manhattan!
To make it all feel even more worth it, all proceeds go to the incredible charity, Housing Works, which works in New York City to end homelessness and AIDS.
We couldn't have imagined a better place to promise our everlasting love to each other. If you are looking for a beautiful, special urban setting for a wedding and/or reception, THIS IS THE PLACE. We will always be grateful to everyone at Housing Works Bookstore for making our wedding day the most special day of our lives.
Housing Works was an amazing place to have my wedding! The highlights were the amazing decor (books and balcony) the coordinator, Amanda, who was on top of everything and the food! Plus, all proceeds from the rental benefit the Housing Works cause of helping people living with HIV/AIDS.
If you're looking for a unique place where minimum decoration needs to be brought in for a spectacular look, this is perfect. The bookstore has a u-shaped balcony around the ceremony and dance floor and I recommend getting globe lights to string across the balcony. It really adds to the romantic image. The feel is very vintage and New York.
The food is bought from the local farmers market that day and is incredibly fresh and delicious (all my guests raved)!
And the staff is amazing! Amanda truly pulled everything together and made sure I had no worries during the event. They do all set-up except for any decorations you bring in (so be advised that either you or your vendors will have to set-up and take down).
I cannot recommend Housing Works highly enough. Check out their website for pictures but make sure you visit to really feel the experience. It may feel small, but it's really perfect for anything less than 125. I had 100+ guests and we fit perfectly for a buffet dinner.
The Works catered our wedding in July 2011 at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. (The Works also does a LOT of weddings at the Housing Works Bookstore, which is a cool space but just a bit too small for our wedding.) We had passed & stationary hors d'oeuvres, a well-tended bar, a full sit-down dinner, and dessert selection. My husband and I were able to taste just about everything and we were very happy with the taste, originality, and presentation of everything. The Works also willingly and easily accommodated a number of guests with particular dietary restrictions (shellfish allergy, milk allergy, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free) and did kids' meals, so everyone got to have great food. It's rare to be able to do some good in the world by hiring a wedding caterer, but our warm and fuzzy feelings towards The Works based of the food & service were made even warmer and fuzzier by the knowledge that a significant part of our wedding budget would ultimately go to a great cause -- Housing Works (mission: ending the crises of homelessness and HIV with advocacy and services which are supported by entrepreneurial enterprises like The Works, the Housing Works thrift shops, the Bookstore Cafe, etc.) I hope that I will someday be lucky enough to attend another event catered by The Works where I will be able to enjoy more of their smoked trout rillettes, gnocchi, melt-in-your-mouth brownie cookies, pulled pork sliders...yum.
I was recently married and held my reception at Housing Works Bookstore and it was fantastic. Also, we are both big readers so we loved the idea of getting married in a bookstore. The venue is so unique and beautiful. A classic NYC bookstore that sat my whole 100 person wedding comfortably. We loved that our guests could browse the shelves and buy books at the wedding. Plus, it felt great to know that my wedding expenses were going to such a worth-while cause as Housing Works who advocate for people living with HIV AIDS. Our event planner was accommodating, had very helpful suggestions and was a clear communicator who helped our event run smoothly. Everyone raved about the venue and the food. It was also quite a deal compared to what we were looking at in NY such as Bubby's and loft spaces. I would highly recommend Housing Works Bookstore for a wedding venue.
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho
Host your storybook wedding with 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. This Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Loft/Raw Space, Mansion/Historic Site, Museum/Gallery, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013