In the summer of 2001, Robert Morgan and Phil Cutrone teamed up with designer Chris Losinske and opened Uncle Ming’s, in the East Village of Manhattan, in a location that formerly housed an illegal after hours club. The post apocalyptic / bordello like interior, was based on various clubs in South East Asia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and drew some of its inspiration from the mesmerizing 1982 film, “Blade Runner.” It maintained a steady crowd of late night partygoers, in the pre-Facebook days, through its strong word of mouth following. Bolstered by the closing of Peter Gatian’s mega clubs Limelight, Tunnel and Palladium, Uncle MIng’s witnessed other much hyped about venues such as Crowbar come and go relatively quickly, as it remained relevant and featured well known DJs such as Kool Herc, Colleen Martin (Lady Starlight) and her collaborator Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga). Uncle Ming’s finally closed its doors in 2007 after a 7 year run.
An unauthorized copy of the once extremely popular bar now exists in Sydney, Australia.