Oh, I HOPE it was because it was kind of late on a Sunday night!!! Our waiter was for the very first time gruff, brusque and inhospitable, my scallops were shriveled and somewhat flavorless, the lamb chop platter was slyly and heavily supplemented with cheaper cuts and they were out of almost everything.
I just hope hope hope it's because the owner was on vacation or something. It was our first bad experience after eating there several times in the last year or two.
As a side note, we stopped at 718 for aperitifs during the wait and paid $16 for 2 insolently weak Campari and sodas. Is it me, or are the corruptive, creeping rents in Astoria starting to affect our dining experiences as well? What happened to our earnest, cute little nabe?