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Brief Encounters

239 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023 40.77666 -73.979256
at 71st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-496-5649 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    10 out of 10


    6 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Products & Services: Lingerie/Hosiery
Photo by Ty Hewitt

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Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.; B, C at 72nd St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Lingerie/Hosiery


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.