By Jonathan Borge
Updated Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:15 pm
Katie Holmes
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Katie Holmes is known for giving back to those in need, but when the time comes to celebrate herself, the former Dawson’s Creek star doesn’t hold back. The actress, who turns 37 today, kicked her birthday festivities off early Thursday night in New York City, where the fresh-faced brunette marched into downtown Manhattan’s Beauty & Essex restaurant for a dinner we’re sure was nothing short of delicious.

For the occasion, Holmes corralled close friends and family and even one top-rated chef. “Awesome birthday at #beautyandessex with great friends!” she wrote as the caption to an Instagram shot of her and Mario Batali.

An unforgettable meal isn’t the only way Holmes is saying hello to 37, though. Earlier in the day, the proud mom and her 9-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise, caught up with none other than former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her 35-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

“Mothers and daughters #wearewithhillary,” Holmes wrote along the too-cute shot, in which Suri clutches a teddy bear and greets the powerful political figures.

This one’s definitely a birthday to remember!