Sal and Carmines is too salty and the crust is too bland. (Had a slice Monday night at 9:00 PM if that makes a difference with "the right chef", "off-night", "better at lunch", etc.)
Rays on Columbus and 82nd (83rd?) tates like old-school, basic New York pizza. The plain slice easliy beats: Sal and C., Rigoletto, Traviata, and Francesco's, each of which have appeared on this board and all of which I have had in the past 72 hours (not side by side).
(Childhood memories from the taste of the Rays might have tipped the scale in their favor, but I'm sticking to my opinion.)
If you want to taste a slice from a time when ziti was not a pizza topping, the subways went very fast, and the cabs had jump seats, go to Rays.