1:57 PM PT -- Katie's mystery man has just been reveled ... the guy is Emilio Vitolo, a chef in New York City.
He's the chef at Emilio's Ballato in SoHo, an old-school Italian restaurant known as a celeb hangout.
Katie Holmes has a new leading man in her life ... or at the very least, she's found a guy she enjoys having a drink with.
More than a year after her split with Jamie Foxx, the actress seems to be happily playing the field again ... she had a date with a mystery man this week in NYC.
Katie and the fella hit up a Mediterranean restaurant called Antique Garage in the SoHo neighborhood Tuesday night, but didn't even need to get grub to have a good time.
We're told the 2 simply ordered a couple glasses of wine, and photos of their date show Katie cracking up laughing, making some flirtatious faces ... and even getting a little touchy-feely.
It's unclear who the guy is ... but clearly he's got some game.
As you'll recall ... Katie and Jamie broke up mid-2019 after about 6 years of dating. They famously kept their relationship very private, and even their split wasn't revealed until Foxx stepped out with recording artist and model, Sela Vave, a couple months later.
Katie's the one stepping out now, though ... get it, girl.