A salad chain backed by Shake Shack's founder is expanding to New York City - here's what it's like

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Chef Todd Renner prepares a dish of salt-and-pepper salmon over warm, sautéed caponata - just your ordinary fast-casual meal.

Tender Greens wants to give Sweetgreen a run for its money.

The Los Angeles-based salad and comfort-food chain just announced its first outpost on the East Coast, located in New York City's Union Square neighborhood. The expansion has been in the works since 2015, when Tender Greens received a minority investment from Danny Meyer, the founder of Shake Shack and CEO of one of the most successful restaurant groups in New York.Advertisement

We stopped by Tender Greens in downtown San Francisco to see what the buzz is about.