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Vibrant swordfish “chop” grilled swordfish with sweet sausage (Credit: Doug Young)

Vibrant swordfish “chop” grilled swordfish with sweet sausage in carrot-chive broth, and lobster-and-corn chowder at The Plaza Cafe, Southampton. (Aug 17, 2012)

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

Dazzling spice-roasted lobster with braised onions, saffron and
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

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)

Rich butter-poached lobster with citrus beurre blanc and
(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Rich butter-poached lobster with citrus beurre blanc and lobster-bisque emulsion; and pressed suckling pig with caraway-lavender honey at Roots Bistro Gourmand, West Islip. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Savory garganelli pasta with pork-shoulder ragu, and semolina-crusted
(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Savory garganelli pasta with pork-shoulder ragu, and semolina-crusted fried chicken at Orto, Miller Place. (March 17, 2012)

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Crisp-skinned Montauk striped bass, delicate white-carrot sformato and
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Crisp-skinned Montauk striped bass, delicate white-carrot sformato and peach-and-cherry cobbler at 18 Bay, Shelter Island. (July 9, 2012)

Inviting New York strip steak, and spaghetti and
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Inviting New York strip steak, and spaghetti and meatballs at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, Northport. (Jan. 6, 2012)

Linguine “Zsa Zsa” with pancetta and fried egg,
(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Linguine “Zsa Zsa” with pancetta and fried egg, prime sirloin steak and deviled eggs with chives at Hendrick's Tavern, Roslyn. (June 23, 2012)

Classic Beijing duck and nouvelle kung pao monkfish
(Credit: Doug Young)

Classic Beijing duck and nouvelle kung pao monkfish at Monsoon, Babylon. (April 9, 2012)

Deftly done Dover sole meunière; and double-cut pork
(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Deftly done Dover sole meunière; and double-cut pork chop with braised fennel and cherry peppers at Rialto, Carle Place. (Feb. 18, 2012)

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Refined gorgonzola-and-leek ravioli with tomato-sorrel butter, and penne
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Refined gorgonzola-and-leek ravioli with tomato-sorrel butter, and penne with spicy oven-roasted tomato sauce at Nick & Toni's, East Hampton. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Pristine sushi and sashimi at Ginza, Massapequa. (April
(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Pristine sushi and sashimi at Ginza, Massapequa. (April 21, 2012)

Vibrant swordfish “chop” grilled swordfish with sweet sausage
(Credit: Doug Young)

Vibrant swordfish “chop” grilled swordfish with sweet sausage in carrot-chive broth, and lobster-and-corn chowder at The Plaza Cafe, Southampton. (Aug 17, 2012)

Zesty lemon chicken, and pork osso buco at
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Zesty lemon chicken, and pork osso buco at Ciao Bella!, Hewlett. (March 9, 2012)

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