Brazil staycation

You don't have to journey to South America to feel the heat of the equator-some new Havaianas and a taste of Carnaval should do it.

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Formerly of So Paulo, Williamsburg resident Gil Inoue likes the “inspired vibe” at Beco (45 Richardson St at Lorimer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-1645, becobar.com). For brunch, he orders bife a cavalo ($11), a filet mignon and two eggs with rice and beans. He also recommends coupling the dish with a cold glass of caju mimosa ($6), consisting of champagne and cashew-fruit juice.

Experience a Brazilian-style buffet—it adopts a pay-per-weight system similar to Manhattan delis—at Copacabana Pizza & Grill (31-13 36th Ave at 32nd St, Long Island City, Queens; 718-545-3685), a cafeteria that dishes delicious and inexpensive ethnic cuisine. Grab a tray and a plate and help yourself to as much of the freshly made salads, rice, beans, pastas, breaded chicken and fish as you can stomach ($4.99/lb). Observe how the locals order their tender grilled beef—known as churrasco—and ask for the same. Don’t forget to pair your grub with a Guaran Antartica—this soda tastes like ginger ale, only sweeter.

Another favorite expat eatery is Casa (72 Bedford St between Commerce and Morton Sts; 212-366-9410, casarestaurant.com), beloved for both its ambience and tasty stews like feijoada ($23.95), a beans, beef and pork concoction considered to be Brazil’s national dish, and moqueca ($20.95), a seafood dish that hails from Bahia. “They say it’s Grandma’s home cooking,” boasts owner and So Paulo native Jupiera Lee. “The taste of our food brings them home.”

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