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Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
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With its packed display racks, solo salesperson and tiny dressing room, Brief Encounters could never be mistaken for the Lincoln Center branch of Victoria's Secret just a few blocks away. Nevertheless, this Upper West Side corner shop stocks a well-edited selection of mostly European makers of lingerie and sleepwear—especially for such a petite space. Score demurely matching bra-and-underwear sets from mainstays like Chantelle and Aubade, as well as Simone Pérèle's pushup bras and G-strings, colorful boyshorts and thongs from Cosabella, and funky slips and matching bras from Betsey Johnson. For the coy, chilly, or simply modest, Brief Encounters stocks a small section of full-coverage pajama bottoms and tees from cheeky labels like Bed Head.