I agree. I drove out to my friend's pro shop in Huntington just yesterday to demo 10+ rackets and finally decided on one. My budget was a a little bit more, and I ultimately purchased the Head Youtek Speed MP ($200). His store has an online shop if you're interested, and he strings for free when you buy the racket.
They are the pro shop from the LIC-based tennis club, Tennisport.
If not there, the other store is Paragon Sports in Union Square. They also have a demo program but they have a pretty stuck-up attitude, not that it matters that much.