15 East 4th Street, Manhattan.
Hands down the best record shop in NYC, widely considered to be the
best in America. Smaller than competitors but selection is both masterfully
curated and overwhelmingly diverse. Noah Lennox (AKA Panda Bear from
Animal Collective) used to work here. Regular in-store performances.
6 St Mark's Place, East Village.
Severely downsized but still worth a visit; there's a cool new selection
of ultra-limited cassette releases and zines at the front counter, some
in-store shows. The owner's passion is clearly for film over music and
some past mutations of the shop have reflected this.
Downtown Music Gallery
13 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002
A really excellent store that's been around a long time, this is your
best bet if you're looking for avant-garde/experimental/"new"
music of some description.
33 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003
Specializes in 60s psych/prog/glam/britpop etc, including bootlegs and
rarities on both vinyl and CD.
Good Records NYC
218 East 5th Street, New York, NY 10003
Owned by Tim Delaughter from the Polyphonic Spree, this is a brand new
outpost of his legendary Dallas store/label.
Bleecker St Records
239 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Big store with CDs, some rare jazz LPs and a large basement full of
210 Thompson St, New York, NY
Best shop for punk rock in the city, huge selection of obscure-ish band
t-shirts and other merch (posters, stickers, etc) in the basement.
Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies
118 W 3RD St, New York, NY 10012
Great vintage 7" selections behind the counter (you have to ask),
and some hilariously overpriced LPs, often of the variety you'd find
at a yard sale. Oh and there's a tattoo parlor in the back nowadays.
I'm not sure this is a recommendation, but it's been there forever.
12 West 18th Street New York, NY 1001
Large secondhand only vinyl selection with bookshop-like feel
96 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Biggest used record store in nyc with over 25,000 LPs of every genre.
Mike Sniper from Blank Dogs works here.
218 Bedford Avenue, New York
Small store with huge new vinyl selection. Slightly pricey.
44 Berry St., Brooklyn New York 11211
Specializes in new independent releases with little room for 'classic
rock'. Regular in-store performances.
Black Gold Records
461 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Coffee, records and taxidermy. All. In. One. Shop.
20 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Uninspiring selection priced to move.
124 Meserole Avenue, Greenpoint.
Has now opened a café/coffeeshop. Great vinyl and used selection.
Occasionally hosts shows by local bands and sells tickets to Todd P-promoted
181 Franklin St, Brooklyn NY
(All record store reviews - apart from EAT - by Joshua Andrew Shamash)