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Katie Holmes Smiles After Birthday Lunch With Friends in New York City: Picture

Us Weekly
By Allison Takeda

A happy, smiling Katie Holmes was spotted in New York City's West Village neighborhood after dining with friends for her 35th birthday

New York City may be cold, but Katie Holmes has plenty of warm wishes to keep her cozy. The "Jack and Jill" actress, who turns 35 today, Dec. 18, was definitely feeling the love from both friends and fans as she celebrated turning another year older.

"Thank you all for my kind birthday wishes -- you have made my day!" she tweeted to her 61,000 Twitter followers.

Later in the day, Suri's mom was feted by pals at trendy hotspot Cafe Gitane, a French-Moroccan eatery in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood. (Suri, 7, was likely at school.) It must have been a good meal, because she was photographed afterward with a huge smile on her face.

Bundled up for the cold in a black coat, plaid scarf, gray knit hat, and bright coral top, the currently single Dawson's Creek alum appeared to be in great spirits as she strolled through the West Village. She kept her eyes hidden behind a pair of oversized sunglasses, but her smile was unmistakable.

Last year's birthday -- her first since splitting from her now-ex-husband Tom Cruise a few months earlier -- was a similarly happy (and low key) experience. She and daughter Suri celebrated with breakfast at Sugar and Plumm, an Upper West Side bistro, bakery, and chocolatier.