About


Tim Mendes, Proprietor

Timothy Mendes is a native New Yorker who has traveled throughout Europe, South America, North America, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. Ultimately, however, he is always drawn back to the energy and excitement of New York. From his vast travel experience, Tim has learned that if he stays in a place that is bright, cheery, has a view, and is centrally located, his stay is much more enjoyable. When travelling to a new city, he wants to feel like he lives there. He wants to be part of the culture, not a just tourist looking in. This is the unique experience Tim creates for the visitor coming to New York. A lover of good design, Tim has created retreats that are comfortable and beautiful. Tim has also taught English as a Second Language for over ten years, incorporating the city's culture into his lesson plans. A graduate from the University of Buffalo, and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of theater, he used to run his own theater company, and is very knowledgeable in the theater, dance, film, and music world of New York and is happy to share it with his guests. Tim is a Libra and when he is not helping his guests, his favorite thing to do in New York is relaxed in a cafe and people watch. For urgent requests, contact Tim at 917-501-0347 -- otherwise, tim@bigappleconcierge.com 

 

Robyn Mark, Food Consultant

As a lifelong resident of New York City, Robyn is the consummate dining advisor for all occasions. Whether it is sampling a street vendor's offerings, a casual dining experience, or the ultimate formal restaurant meal, Robyn's sensitivity and expertise is unique. Subtle distinctions among the vast choices one has when choosing a dining venue makes her skill at matching and individualizing an eating experience with a diner's desires and expectations truly special.

Through her vast professional and social network she has built relationships with many of the well-known restaurateurs, with top-notch chefs, and with experienced entrepreneurs throughout the country, which has given her the reputation as the "go-to" person for family, friends, and business associates for their dining needs. Robyn knows well that whether dining for pleasure or business, a meal can make the difference of one's successful and happy travel experience.

Robyn acts as a virtual tour guide, including travel time estimates at different times of day, making you feel like you have a personal concierge at your side as you travel through the often-confusing city of New York. With so many travel books and magazines offering opinions, Robyn gets to know each individual and creates her list of suggestions based on the client's particular needs and interests, combined with her intimate knowledge of both the cuisines, atmosphere, neighborhood and price range of each place she recommends.

While she has an especially unique knowledge of New York City, Robyn has created extensive itineraries for clients all over the world. From a sailing trip down the coast of Maine, where she suggested restaurants and ports to stop and eat, to an 18-day vacation through the French Riviera, she knows that every client is different, and what might be a trendy and cool restaurant to one, may feel crowded and loud to another. Or, what may be a perfect romantic spot for some, may feel unexciting to others. Whether it's a celebratory meal, an important corporate meeting or family dinner, Robyn will help you find exactly what you're looking for and will endeavor to make sure your time in New York is impeccably delicious.

If you have a question or would like to make dining arrangements, Robyn can be reached at food@bigappleconcierge.com

Kristin Leigh, Yoga Instructor

Kristin Leigh has been co-director of The Shala, a yoga studio in downtown Manhattan, since 2002. She has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1996 and is Jivamukti certified. In addition to her teaching experience in the United States, Kristin has also studied yoga in India.

In her classes, Kristin aims to allow the practice to reveal its beauty and truth through an intelligent, challenging sequence of asanas that is breath-centered. She teaches Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga at her studio and one-on-one.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a session, please email Kristin at yoga@bigappleconcierge.com

 

 

Juan Roca, Fitness Trainer

Juan specializes in a fast-paced, cardio kickboxing work-out and weight training. He also specializes in body-sculpting and toning -- to the maximum you can achive. He's a highly motivated trainer that will bring you to the next level. For the past eight years, he has worked as a trainer at industry-leading gyms as well as for private clients. When you train with Juan, you train with the best!

If you have questions or would like to schedule a workout, send an email to Juan at fitness@bigappleconcierge.com

Services We Provide


Navigating the City

Our staff consists of several life-long Manhattan residents so we've definitely been-there-and-done that -- just ask! Anytime! Where to eat? What museum to visit? What club to go out to? Someone to walk your dog? Watch the kids while you enjoy a Broadway play? When you are in NYC, the sheer magnitude of things to do can be daunting. We have the answers, information and staff to help make your stay the most enjoyable and memorable ever. 24/7 -- we are just a phone call away.

Where to Eat

In addition to our general concierge services, we have a dedicated food consultant to help you navigate NYC's culinary jungle. Momofuku Noodle Bar, Mercer Kitchen, Spice Market, Boulud Cafe or that great new place no one has heard about yet -- we can put you on course to an unforgettable main course!

Get Active

Your vacation doesn't need to be a vacation from your workout. With our certified Yoga and fitness trainer, you can exercise in the best city in the world -- imagine, an early-morning jog in central park, sunset kayaking in the Hudson River or mid-day Yoga on the Brooklyn Promenade with your own personal trainer as a guide!

Language Lessons

New York is the most diverse city in the world. Become familiar with more cultures. Take a crash course in English, Spanish or Brooklynese (Hey, Yoos tawkin' ta me? Fuggedaboutit!) with our certified English as a Second Language teacher!