After reading some good notices about Restaurant 718 in Astoria on Chowhound and Zagat, we tried it last night and were very disappointed. We got there at 7 and,although the place was empty, were seated in a back table near the kitchen and bathroom. When we asked, we were moved to another back table, but one that was better located. Matters did not improve after that. Our apps, thin-crust pizza (good), and portabello salad (OK, and small) arrived seconds after our drinks.As these plates were removed, the waitress was there to place our mains down on the table--a small piece of fish that may have swimmed near a striped bass, but that certainly was not striped bass, and a small, dry chicken breast, both served with tasteless mashed potatoes, and a little spinach. Side order of wild mushrooms was delicious, but very small. While the dessert menu sounded good, we were soured on the place, and left 45 minutes after we arrived, 100 bucks poorer. I haven't been to McDonald's lately, but if I remember, eating there would have taken about that much time. The poor pacing, small portions,and pricing (every main was about 2-3 dollars too much for Astoria) left us leaving, thinking, why would anyone go here?