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Dazzling spice-roasted lobster with braised onions, saffron and fennel, gnocchi with red kuri squash and brown butter, and autumn-vegetable ragout at Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton. (Nov. 16, 2012)(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

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Fine Dining: 12 best dishes of 2012

This has been a tasty year — as in hundreds of tastes. Even in a slow-growth economy, dozens of fine-dining restaurants arrived, and many others improved during the past 12 months. Here are the favorites from the menus of 2012. — PETER M. GIANOTTI, peter.gianotti@newsday.com