Smith Street, Brooklyn
Give the jazz, soul, funk, and electronic music a spin, on vinyl or CD -- and down an espresso milkshake at the bar or browse the impressive display of mid-century-modern collectibles at this cozy Cobble Hill hotspot.
33 East 17th Street; 212-253-0810
675 Sixth Avenue, near 21st Street; 212-727-1227
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street; 212-595-6859
Surprising but true: From Mahler to the Magnetic Fields, if the CD has a barcode on it, you can scan it at a listening station and preview to your ears’ content.
3. Academy LPs
This used-vinyl dealer specializes in jazz and soul. Customers may sample up to five records at a time -- or more, if there’s no line.
47 Orchard Street
A paradise for D.J.’s and obsessive record collectors alike, Throb -- recently relocated from its East 14th Street location -- offers five turntables for sampling its huge array of electronica, as well as the enticement of regular sales.
5. Sonic Groove Records
The electronic-dance-music purveyor has plentiful turntables and even more plentiful listening rules that come with a warning to would-be shoplifters: “We are from Brooklyn, and we know the drill.”