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Pretend You’re in South America…

From joyful Brazilian dance moves to savory Argentine dishes, tap into the hip-swaying spirit in one day without leaving town. A step-by-step, hour-by-hour itinerary.


1. Take the 7 train to 82nd Street–Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, and start walking west on Roosevelt Avenue.

10 a.m.
Kick-start the day with a plastic plate full of huevos pericos (scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions), an arepa, and a hot chocolate ($4.75) at Pollos a La Brasa Mario (81-01 Roosevelt Ave., at 81st St., Jackson Heights; 718-639-5555). The breakfast—a predawn staple of the area’s Colombian day laborers—comes with a side of steak and rice and beans for about $6 more.


11:30 a.m.
Grab some new cleats ($35 and up) or an Argentine club jersey ($70)—Boca Junior’s the perennial best seller— at Soccer Fanatic (84-28 Roosevelt Ave., nr. 84th St., Jackson Heights; 718-779-8570).

Noon
Colombia
’s leather imports are nearly as finely tuned as Italy’s, but half the price. The sleek lines of bags and wallets at Calzado Bosi are particularly good for men; a cool leather messenger bag is $119, and a top-stitched slim wallet is $45 (84-01 Roosevelt Ave., near 84th St., Jackson Heights; 718-397-1717).

12:30 p.m.
When you start to flag, stop in at La Nueva Bakery 2000 (86-10 37th Ave., at 86th St., Jackson Heights; 718-507-2339) for flaky alfajores—shortbread cookies stuck together with dulce de leche and covered in coconut (1.75 each)—and a grassy yerba maté tea ($1).


2. Take the F train from Jackson Heights– Roosevelt Avenue to Delancey Street. Transfer to the J and get off at Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg. Walk west on Broadway.

2 p.m.
Look for a bright-yellow awning under the Williamsburg Bridge. That’s Miss Favela (57 S. 5th St., at Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-230-4040), a tiny Brazilian joint with live samba and feijoada ($21) on Saturday. The traditional black-bean stew (one order feeds two) is made with pork ribs, sausage, and carne seca (dry beef) and cooked overnight.



3. Take the J train to Canal Street. Transfer to the Q and get off at 57th Street.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Learn to samba-reggae at the Ailey Extension ($16; 405 W. 55th St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-405-9500) with Rio native Quenia Ribeiro, who has her own instructional video of the sensual dance style, which merges rhythmic samba steps with torso undulations and graceful arm swings.



4. Take the B train from 59th Street–Columbus Circle and get off at Broadway-Lafayette and walk southeast.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The complimentary caipirinha will dull the pain of your Brazilian wax at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa ($48; 12 Prince St., nr. Elizabeth St.; 212-431-1520). Bossa nova godfather Antonio Carlos Jobim (not Enya) provides the soundtrack.


8:30 p.m.
At Yerba Buena (23 Ave. A, nr. 2nd St.; 212-529-2919; ybnyc.com), ask bartender Artemio Vasquez to make you one of his frothy Pisco Sours ($12) he first mastered at Pegu Club; while there’s still debate about whether it originated in Chile or Peru, his is a masterpiece of the genre.

9:30 p.m.
Tell your waiter at Industria Argentina (329 Greenwich St., nr. Duane St.; 212-965-8560) that you’re here for the parrillada. The colossal mound of meat for two ($52) has some of the juiciest flame-grilled skirt steak, sweetbreads, lamb chops, blood sausage, and short ribs north of the Argentine Pampas. Plus, everything from the textiles on the wall to the dark wood floors was hecho en Argentina.


5. Work off all those meat calories by walking east into Chinatown.

11 p.m.

Get in line at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St., nr. Grand St.; 212-334-6740) for Nacotheque, an indie-rock (en español) $5 danceathon interlaced with cumbia, baile-funk, and eighties electro- pop every second and fourth Saturday. Or, if it happens to be a Friday night, hit Alma (“All for the Love of Music & Art”), a monthly dance party at Sullivan Room ($5 before 11 p.m., $15 after; 218 Sullivan Street, nr. Bleecker St.), where D.J.’s blend samba and house to create a sweaty “neo-Brasilian fusion.”


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